And Friday... Lopetegui against Ronaldo: What's his opinion of the Portuguese?

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.

"Of course Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world at the moment and he will be the top player at this World Cup".

The Portuguese manager just "has to" select his home nation and "knows what [he] wants" with their opponents.

Cristiano Ronaldo's fan following seems all-encompassing.

He leaves the ultimate result to the viewers' imaginations.

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At the World Cup so far, Ronaldo has managed just three goals in three tournaments: a penalty against Iran in 2006; one against North Korea in 2010, and one against Ghana in 2014.

He did, however, manage to win the European Championships with Portugal two years ago.

With his allegiance to Real Madrid, the Selecao icon has frequently sided with his namesake, but has now admitted that the FC Barcelona superstar brings more joy to the attractive game. "The objective is to fight for a World Cup".

Ahead of the big kick-off on Thursday, Ronaldo has given his views about the two players who have dominated world football for the past 10 years.

"With his incredible attitude, with his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player", Ronaldo is quoted as telling Bild by Spanish newspaper Marca. "Time will tell what position history has reserved for him. At Manchester United it was already incredible the number of goals he was scoring but in Real Madrid he's become even more complete". Do you prefer the great dribbler, creator and goalscorer extraordinaire, Lionel Messi, or the relentless, physical specimen and goalscoring phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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