Don't debate Messi-Ronaldo-enjoy their potential WC farewell

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It's just one of the reasons why Maradona is far more revered in Argentina than Messi, even to this day. Thankfully, he reversed his decision, allowing us the opportunity to watch him on the sport's biggest stage one last time.

Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russian Federation, with an average height of 1.85 metres (over 6 feet), making them especially strong in aerial duels in defence and attack. That of lifting football's most coveted prize, the World Cup. "They depend on Messi". Winning the World Cup with Argentina would be the greatest achievement of his glittering career.

What does Lopetegui think of Ronaldo?

Thing to say to make yourself sound clever: Higuain never delivers on the worldwide stage, and meanwhile they've left their best striker, Mauro Icardi, at home.

The incoming Real Madrid coach has previously stated that he believes Leo Messi is the greatest soccer player in history.

Messi also makes that list, while it is no surprise to find that a former Madrid stalwart considers an iconic figure now turning out at the Santiago Bernabeu to be the finest player on the planet. That always makes it more complicated. Perhaps each's last chance, period.

Whichever side you stand on in, few would argue that both these phenomenal players have earned the right to be appreciated on their own merits and for their own achievements.

Final heartache has been endured at the World Cup and Copa America, with an inability to get over the line leading the 30-year-old to briefly slip into worldwide retirement at one stage as he struggled to cope with crushed dreams and unfair criticism.

An extra-time defeat by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final preceded back-to-back losses to Chile in the Copa America finals of 2015 and 2016 and, for Messi, losing a third final in as many years, and a fourth in nine years, was too much to take.

Jorge Sampaoli's side begin the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy, but first must overcome Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland during the group stages. Or will he be forever remembered as a club bully?

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