Cristiano Ronaldo reveals plan to ‘checkmate’ Lionel Messi


The Portugal captain hopes to get one over his outdated rival forward of their fifth World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo has stated he wish to be the one to ‘checkmate’ Lionel Messi on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

These feedback got here after the 2 superstars posed for an iconic {photograph} enjoying a sport of chess on a Louis Vuitton briefcase, in the future earlier than the beginning of the World Cup in Qatar.

“I loved doing that campaign with Louis Vuitton. It was a dream to be invited as an ambassador,” Ronaldo stated in a press convention on Monday.

“I’m very confident and optimistic that everything will go well. I would like to be the player to checkmate Messi. It happened in the chess game and in football, it would be magic.”

Will the World Cup change the GOAT debate?

The Ronaldo-Messi debate stays a sizzling matter, with many followers nonetheless divided on who’s the most effective of the 2. The forwards have dominated the massive stage for over a decade, and within the eyes of many, are two of the best footballers in historical past.

However as neither Ronaldo nor Messi have received a World Cup but, might glory in Qatar settle the GOAT debate?

“Even if I win the World Cup, that debate will continue,” Ronaldo added.

“Some individuals like me extra, some individuals like me much less, like in life, some like blondes, some like brunettes.

“The World Cup will at all times be a showcase. However in case you inform me you received’t win any extra tournaments in your profession, I might nonetheless be completely happy, given all I’ve achieved.

“I’m proud of all my achievements. It will be a dream obviously. Let’s see, I hope all the energy is on the right side, on our side.”

Ronaldo and Portugal will start their World Cup marketing campaign on Thursday in opposition to Ghana in Group H.

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