Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo a win away from quarterfinal showdown
07:01 PM, June 28, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:40 PM, June 28, 2018

Messi, Ronaldo a win away from quarterfinal showdown

The ongoing FIFA World Cup have already provided a lot of brutal results with Germany’s 2-0 defeat against South Korea being the latest. However, the big stars are yet to face off against each other except when Cristiano Ronaldo’ s Portugal faced off against a star-studded Spain in Group B.

However, the level of excitement could go up to a whole new level if the two biggest stars in the world faced off. That is exactly what could happen if Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal win their matches against France and Uruguay respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a better World Cup than Lionel Messi so far, scoring four goals in three matches so far while Lionel Messi has scored only one. Cristiano struck a hattrick against Spain in his team’s opening fixture. Where both stars have something in common is that they both missed from the penalty spot in Russia with Messi seeing his penalty saved against Iceland while Ronaldo missed the opportunity to catch up with Harry Kane at the top of the World Cup scoring list following his miss against Iran.

However, all the stats and trivia dwarf in comparison to the thought of these two larger-than-life footballers coming together for a match. While the two have squared off countless times for their respective clubs in the La Liga, Messi and Ronaldo have not faced each other much at the international level.

First off though they need to beat strong Round of 16 opponents in the shape of France and Uruguay in order to come face to face. If a Portugal-Argentina tie does take place, it will drive World Cup fever to a whole new level.

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