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Spain Start Campaign In Turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo Leads Portuguese Hopes

14 June 2018

Having predicted Portugal/ Brazil and Argentina/ Germany semi-finals, Mourinho selects Messrs Messi and Ronaldo to meet in the Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on the 15th July.

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.

And now Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their outlandish transfer claims, say Julen Lopetegui being appointed as the new Los Blancos boss has not gone down well with him.

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".

"The best thing that could've happened was to move to Real Madrid, but at Manchester United it was incredible the number of goals he scored".

Spain Start Campaign In Turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo Leads Portuguese Hopes