“He deserves it, but I can’t be happy for Argentina”

1 year ago

Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario has spoken out amid the growing consensus that Lionel Messi deserves to win the FIFA World Cup before hanging up his boots. The Selecao legend explained that he would be happy if the Argentine wins the prestigious trophy but doesn’t think that the concept of deserving it comes into play.

Lionel Messi is having another sensational outing at the World Cup this year, leading Argentina into the semi-finals where they will lock horns with Croatia tomorrow (December 13). Many have backed the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to go all the way and lead his nation to success in the competition, with some even claiming that football owes him the World Cup.

Ronaldo, however, argues that every footballer deserves to claim football’s most prestigious prize. The Brazilian legend nevertheless showered praise on the Paris Saint-Germain maestro for his decisive performances in Qatar and described him as a killer with the ball.

When asked if Lionel Messi deserves to win the World Cup, Ronaldo said (via AS): “For deserving it, we all deserve it. Nobody gives you anything, not even for your story. Argentina isn’t playing very well but they play together, they’re aggressive and then there’s Messi, who is decisive when he’s near the box. He now does less sprints than before.”

The former Selecao striker went on to explain that while he’d be happy if Lionel Messi wins the honor, he can’t support that course due to the Brazil-Argentina rivalry. He said: “He [Leo] has been very focused on winning the World Cup. I see him with character. I would be happy for him if they win but we have a great Brazil-Argentina rivalry and I would be a bit of a hypocrite if I said I would be happy for Argentina. I see football as a romantic. I will enjoy any champion.”