This year’s World Cup in Russia burst into life last night as Spain and Portugal drew 3-3 in a game that will surely go down as one of the greatest international fixtures of modern times.
In a game that had a bit of everything, that man Cristiano Ronaldo once again stole all the headlines, bagging a hat trick, which included a world class free kick in the 88tb minute to tie the scores.
Probably the only thing as old as the Portuguese superstar netting important goals on the biggest stage, is the debate surrounding his rivalry with Argentina talisman Lionel Messi.
Both players have won the Ballon d’Or a record breaking five times and many believe it will be their impact in Russia that will decide who will pick up the prestigious gong in 2018.
Argentina begin their World Cup campaign today against Iceland and Ronaldo’s former team-mate at Manchester United Rio Ferdinand believes that the Real Madrid man’s heroics last night in Sochi will have cranked the pressure up on his long time rival to perform at his best.l:
“A little subplot to it now is the game tomorrow we’ve got, we’ve got Argentina tomorrow, the pressure has now mounted on Messi’s shoulders,” Ferdinand told the BBC.
“He would have been watching what Cristiano did today.”
However, Messi’s former team-mate at Barca and close friend Cesc Fabregas, who is also working as a pundit for the BBC, has backed the mercurial Argentinian to show the World just how good he is this summer.
“He will deliver, he will deliver,” Fabregas said.