The legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have met in the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and international friendlies.
There have been 36 direct battles between the most consistent players of all time. They are many, but not enough. And, for this reason, there are millions of fans excited about the possibility of seeing an Argentina vs. Portugal duel, with them as captains, in World Cups.
Could it happen in Qatar 2022? Yes. But only with the tournament very advanced. I mean, it would be epic.
DUEL BETWEEN CRISTIANO AND MESSI IN QATAR 2022?
Argentina is in group C, while Portugal was in group H. Their routes are separated into the initial phase, the round of 16 and the quarter-finals. In the semifinals and finals, if they manage to prosper, the clash could come.
What is needed for there to be a Portugal vs Argentina in the semifinals? That one of the two teams finish second in their group and that both, obviously, get into the penultimate round.
What is needed for there to be a Portugal vs. Argentina in the final? That both teams advance as first in groups or that both advance to KO rounds as second in group and, obviously, qualify until the last match.
OPTIONS OF A MESSI VS CRISTIANO IN QATAR 2022
➤ Semifinals: if one comes out 1st in the group and the other 2nd in the group, they could only meet in the semifinals.
➤ End: if they both finish 1st in the group or if they both finish 2nd in the group, they could only meet in the final.
They will not face each other in groups or in the round of 16 or in the quarterfinals.
The scenes are there.
Now, to wait for the ball to roll.
As has been shown in past World Cups, NOTHING IS WRITTEN.
Undefeated data. The balance of direct duels between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo favors the Argentine genius: 11 wins for CR7, 9 draws and 16 wins for Lio.
Did you know…? Argentina has not won a World Cup since 1986. Portugal, meanwhile, has never sat on the world throne. His best performance was third place in 1966.