Ronaldo: Cristiano is unique but Messi provides more magic

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Players of the Argentina National Team during training.

But the country goes football insane during the World Cup, particularly in the eastern metropolis of Kolkata, and the English Premiership is a major driver behind the growth of satellite TV.

It certainly must be odd for someone who has plundered 32 trophies at club level with Barcelona and been named world player of the year on five occasions to be the nearly-man of global football.

It's the age old debate: Messi or Ronaldo. He would be viewed as the greatest player of all time.

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Nine prisoners in an Argentine prison have gone on a hunger strike to press authorities to fix the cable TV so they can watch the World Cup.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has suggested that the South American nation do not expect to have an easy route through to the World Cup knockout stages. Not only me but all of us athletes will be happy that Antoine is staying, ' Koke said, but he also warned that his departure from the red-and-white club would not mean the end of the world for the team. Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading goal-scorer and Ronaldo holds the same status for Real Madrid. And now it is a lasting image of that tournament: Messi gazing at the World Cup trophy as he walked past it afterward, so tantalizingly close that he could have touched it. Have your say in the comments section below.

I also think Suarez will be hungry to make a big impression after what happened in the last World Cup and a lower-profile season with Barcelona, while he also takes penalties, so he gets my backing.

While Ronaldo stays in marvelous physical condition, which may allow him to play in a fifth World Cup at 37, he has already lost one step on the field and is sure to lose more.

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Two weeks ago, the Independent released the results of a poll that stated that despite the claims of Messi's throng of young fans, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to the world as Pele, is still considered the best player ever.

Meaningless platitude to spout every now and again: Messi is carrying this Argentina side.

"I was lucky to play against him when I was in Spain".

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