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Nonetheless, the pundit says that Ronaldo, openly motivated by personal records, will be particularly upset at missing out on a chance to go level with Harry Kane, who has scored five goals at Russian Federation 2018 in just two games. "You have to admire what he has done for his national team". The team looks lost.

And whilst Ronaldo is making the most of his chances, the Chelsea midfielder claimed Messi is struggling to match his output due to having the weight of Argentina's hopes on his shoulders as he weighed in on the debate surrounding the two greatest players now in the game.

Sampaoli would not confirm whether he planned to sub goalkeeper Willy Caballero for Franco Armani, who has not played a single minute for Argentina but was in attendance at the news conference.

It's as if the two five Ballon d'Or winners have experienced a role reversal from the 2014 World Cup, where Messi was the Player of the Tournament, scoring four goals and dragging his country to a final that they really should have won.

"When the coaches screw up, it's worse than when the players s*** it". He should have started against Iceland, the weaker team, in the way he played against Croatia because they are a much weaker team and the other way round - the way he played against Iceland was how he should have played against Croatia.

"It's clear in the dressing room they are being given a slapping but someone needs to fight".

Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain by netting the only goal in his side's 1-0 victory over Morocco earlier this week, leading to talk that the 33-year-old has finally overtaken Lionel Messi as the world's greatest footballer.

"At Barcelona, I think, obviously, the quality is higher. Nigeria is going to beat Iceland and there you will have the chance to beat Nigeria and pass, as long as Iceland does not win against Croatia".

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