Journalist booed as he asks Lopetegui the Ronaldo-or-Messi question

Journalist booed as he asks Lopetegui the Ronaldo-or-Messi question

He has already proven that the best defenders in the world quake in his diminutive but imposing shadow at the club level, but will Lionel Messi be finally able to shake the World Cup monkey off his back and be awarded the title of the world's best player ever?

Iceland are seen by many as a straightforward opponent for Argentina, who won the 1978 and 1986 World Cups and lost in the final to Germany in Brazil in the 2014 edition. The Super Eagles are determined to avoid another World Cup defeat to the Argentines when their clash in their last group D game on June 26.

Most football writers agree that we will never see such a great rivalry again and picking one as better is tough.

He said: "With his incredible attitude and his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player, but I admit that Lionel Messi still adds more magic to football".

It won't be an easy task for either player, too, with both Argentina and Portugal flying to Russian Federation will relatively weak squads for their reputation and histories.

Messi has been to three major finals with Argentina, losing all three.

Ronaldo, along with Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, and others is one of the star attractions of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018.

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Salah netted 10 times to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League final before he suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of their 3-1 loss to Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

It is odd but Sampaoli has actually had much more success devising a way of stifling Messi's talent than liberating it.

Messi's admirers, however, say he can't be blamed for the failings of Argentina's (notoriously chaotic) football federation and remain firm that he is the epitome of the flawless footballer. Now, Messi is the man and he's hungry for it; so, he's going to do it.

"I was lucky to play against him when I was in Spain".

What is irrefutable is the adoration with which he is held among the squad.

"Argentina's problem is that they are not psychologically prepared to play without Messi", Cherchésov told La Vanguardia.

If Argentina are to prevail, Messi must flourish, but the pressure on him is unremitting.

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