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The Crown which has Eluded the Kings : The End

Only time will tell if Messi and Ronaldo will get their hands on the biggest trophy in football. However, do Messi and Ronaldo need to win the World Cup to be considered the Greatest of All Times?

By Sai Thete

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ANALYSIS

Laliga

May 31, 2020, 12:35 p.m.

Let’s start off by discussing the 2018 World Cup.

In the opening game against Spain, Ronaldo lived up to his reputation by scoring an incredible hat-trick that secured a valuable point for his country and doubled his overall tally of World Cup goals. The hat-trick itself was particularly spectacular as it included an outrageous late free-kick, which clinched the 3-3 draw. After finishing second in Group B behind Spain, the Selecao were paired with Uruguay in the last 16 and that proved to be their last involvement in Russia as La Celeste triumphed 2-1 in Sochi.

The first 180 minutes of Lionel Messi's world cup was a disaster. He missed a penalty that would have given Argentina the lead over Iceland, and his team had to settle for a 1-1 draw. He had even less of an impact in the next game, a 3-0 loss to Croatia. If it wasn't for a late Marcos Rojo goal in injury time against Nigeria, Messi would have gone home in the group stage for the first time in his career. It's also worth noting he scored his first goal of the tournament in that game. His 2018 campaign came to an end in the Round of 16 against France despite the fact that Argentina was leading at one point of time. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't enough as France won 4-3 on the back of Kylian Mbappe's double. This loss was especially painful for neutral fans who wanted to see a Messi vs. Ronaldo quarterfinal match. Now the only place the two best players in the world will meet is at the airport on their way home.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a legend in his own right, has won almost everything as a footballer, except the World Cup trophy. He will be 37 by the time Qatar World Cup is played and it seems unlikely that he will participate in the tournament, even if Portugal qualifies.  

Will Messi and Ronaldo play the 2022 Qatar World Cup?

In 2022, Cristiano will be 37 and Messi will turn 35 during the tournament. Their form will probably decline a lot and they might not be the players they are today. There is also a possibility of their retirements before the competition. Ronaldo is not as fast as he used to be. Signs of Messi’s decline are visible as well as he has gone down to injuries frequently this season.

Another factor to consider is the competition in the starting lineups of their national teams. If they don’t retire before the world cup, they will have competitors to steal their places in their respective national sides. It is tough to state as to who will take their place or if anyone will in the first place because football has a habit of creating overnight heroes. Argentina has a lot of world-class attackers and if Messi were to retain his place, he will have to maintain the same fitness level.

Only time will tell if Messi and Ronaldo will get their hands on the biggest trophy in football. However, do Messi and Ronaldo need to win the World Cup to be considered the Greatest of All Times?