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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Who Will Win The Battle For The World Cup Trophy In 2022

The World Cup qualification is officially on, and if you assumed that it's just a game, you're totally wrong.

For Europe, just Germany and Denmark has qualified. In Group A, Serbia are one point ahead of Portugal, owing to the fact that they played one game more.

For South America, the teams to qualify have not been selected. But looking at the situation of things, Brazil (1st with 31 points) and Argentina (2nd with 25 points) have a higher chance of qualifying for the World Cup. Now, if Portugal and Argentina eventually qualify for the World Cup, based on facts, who do you think will win the World Cup tournament in Qatar? Let us run through their past World Cup campaigns.

2014 World Cup tournament (Germany):

Argentina's success to the World Cup knockout stages in 2014 was mainly because of Messi. He scored four goals in three matches for Argentina, enabling them to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. From the knockout stages to the finals, he scored no goal but granted Angel di Maria an assist in their match against Switzerland. During the World Cup finals, Mario Gotze, who came on as a substitute, scored the only goal that granted Germany the World Cup trophy.

On Portugal's part, they were supposed to win Ghana with a large goal margin to advance past USA who lost against Germany. Their 2-1 victory over the Africans was not enough as they were knocked out of the tournament after their group stage matches.

Analysing these facts, we can deduce that Ronaldo really had a tough time while Messi made it through to the finals.


2018 World Cup tournament (Russia):

Argentina drew their first match of the tournament (against Iceland), and lost their second match to Croatia with a three goal margin. Their third fixture against Nigeria would have been a draw (Messi's opening goal and Victor Moses' equalizer), if not for Marcos Rojo's late strike that secured a place in the World Cup knockout stages for Argentina. Their Round of 16 match against France was not funny as they battled tooth and nail for a place in the quarter finals. France had the last laugh as they knocked out Argentina with a 4-3 win.

On Portugal's part, their group stage clashes were also not funny as they gathered just 5 points in 3 games. Those five points were enough for them to advance to the knockout stages. Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Spain to earn them a draw in their first match of the tournament. Their second match went well as Ronaldo's header granted them a win over Morocco. Their third match against Iran was also a draw as they ended 1-1. During the Round Of 16 match against Uruguay, they struggled hard but were knocked out following a 2-1 defeat.

Analysing these facts, we can also deduce that Ronaldo and Messi all faced similar issues which knocked them out of the World Cup tournament.


Now that the 2022 World Cup tournament is close by, who do you think will raise the cup based on my laid out facts? Assuming Portugal and Argentina get to clash in the World Cup finals, who do you think will walk home with the prestigious trophy?

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