FIFA Football World Cup Qatar 2022 starts today on the 20th of November. The Final of the mega event will be played on 18th of December. 32 teams will take the centre stage to fight for the glorious trophy. Over 5 billions people all around the world will be keeping an close eye on the journey of every team in the tournament. After all, this is the grandest even in the world of football.
This is most probably going to be last world cup of two of the greatest players ever, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They have both played in world cups so far. Qatar World Cup 2022 is going to be their 5th and final world cup.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the greatest rivalry in any sport ever. Most believe that there is never going to be anything like that ever again.
A world cup final, football’s biggest prize on the line, its Portugal vs Argentina, its Messi vs Ronaldo. This would literally be the grandest match ever, in any sports. This would break the internet. This would surely break the streaming records and TV ratings. The world will come to a halt on 18th December. Surely, this day would be the greatest day in the history of sports.
The possibility of a Ronaldo vs Mess face off in the final are real if both Argentina and Portugal win their groups and then keep on winning their knock-out games. Argentina and Portugal will only meet in the Final of the World Cup and not in any knock-out phase before the Final.
The route is set. The stage is waiting.
Cristiano Ronaldo x Lionel Messi Incredible Stats
The two greats of the game have an astonishing set of records in their careers. Lets put their numbers together and see the grand picture.
- Appearances 1814
- Goals 1604
- Assists 581
- Trophies 70
- Ballon d’Or 12
- Golden Boots 10
- Champions League Titles 9
There is no add to add anything to these number. They are telling a whole story.
Craze for Messi and Ronaldo Together
A picture of Messi and Ronaldo has already made football fans go gaga and crazy. Cristiano and Messi shared a picture of both of them sitting with a Louis Vuitton trunk and playing a game of Chess over it on their socials and right away fans started dreaming about a face off on the actual field of football.
The picture posted from Cristiano’s official Instagram id became the fastest post to reach the milestone of 10 million likes on Instagram. Lionel Messi’s post on Instagram became the second-fastest to 10m likes ever.
In less than 20 hours, the said picture has generated crazy number on social media sites; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
On Instagram, the picture shared by Cristiano has nearly a 30 million likes already. The one posted on Messi’s official Instagram has nearly 25 millions likes.
The most liked picture on Instagram is that of an egg which has 55 million likes. If Cristiano and Messi had shared the picture together as a single post, the record could have been broken. However, it might break the record for most liked Instagram picture fif we combine likes from both accounts, otherwise it might fall short.
On Facebook, Cristiano Ronaldo official account sees 7.4 million likes so far on the Messi Ronaldo pic. And 5.5m likes on the image shared on Lionel Messi’s official id.
While Messi doesn’t have a official account of his own on Twitter, the image shared on @Cristiano on Twitter has over 1.4m likes.
In short, the Messi x Ronaldo photo by Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton has nearly a massive 70m likes on social media in just 18 hours of being shared.
What Ronaldo said on ‘Messi vs Ronaldo’ World Cup Final
In his latest, rather controversial, interview with sport journalist and TV host Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked if he likes to see a World Cup Final between his Portugal team and Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Piers Morgan asked, “Imagine the World Cup final between Portugal and Argentina and you scored two goals and Messi scored two goals and you scored then scored the winning goal and the hat-trick in 90th minute,… would this be a dream?
Cristiano Ronaldo replied with a big smile, “That would be too good,”
Cristiano then went on to say that it is his dream to win the World Cup for Portugal and he would not care who scored the goal, even the goalkeeper, that would win them the World Cup title.