No, you can't just "appreciate them both", you have to pick a side.
With Portugal and Argentina as the last two standing Mourinho is visibly torn between his heart and his head as befits such an "emotional job", and instead of choosing an outright victor, suggests that the final with go to penalties, with Messi and Ronaldo each bagging a goal.
While both players are already considered bonafide all-time greats, neither has a World Cup winners' medal in his collection.
The midfielder did not hide the Spanish team's desire to reach the match against Portugal and not settle for a draw against the team led by Cristiano.
Therefore when the team bus of Portugal was leaving for Russian Federation, a small fan of Ronaldo couldn't control his sobbing realising he has missed his chance to wish good luck to his favourite strikers.
It is a stretch to make Portugal one of the favourites to win the trophy, even with Ronaldo, but they are nevertheless in Russian Federation as the reigning European champions after surprising France on home soil two years ago.
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. When I made Cristiano Ronaldo's portrait I got many positive comments and people were amazed", he said. "Time will tell what position history has reserved for him".
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