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Lionel Messi is magical, Ronaldo admits ahead of World Cup kick-off



Even as he believes his country has an excellent group of players capable of doing well at the World Cup which begins in Qatar on Sunday, Portugal’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo has described his eternal rival Lionel Messi as “magic, top and like a team mate. “

Both share  the global stage for 16 years.

Ronaldo said he had dreamt of wining the World Cup, but knows it will be extremely difficult to lift the trophy with teams like France, Spain, Argentina, Germany and Brazil to face.

“I am very optimistic. We have a fantastic coach, we have a good generation of football players. I’m looking forward that we’re going to an amazing World Cup,” Ronaldo told Piers Morgan for TalkTV.

It’s gonna be tough. Extremely difficult. But everything is possible, of course we’re gonna compete.”

The 37-year-old added that Qatar would probably be his last World Cup as he plans to retire at 40.


“I want to play two, three more years maximum. I want to finish with 40, it will be a good age. But I don’t know. Sometimes you plan one thing for your life and as I told many times, life is dynamic,” Ronaldo said.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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