Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has admitted he hopes he can “checkmate” Lionel Messi at the 2022 World Cup final.
However, the 37-year-old insists lifting the trophy will not end the ‘GOAT’ debate.
Neither Ronaldo nor Messi has won the greatest prize in football.
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If Portugal and Argentina both win their respective groups, the pair wouldn’t face each other until the December 18 final.
The two long-time rivals posed together for a game of chess in a Louis Vuitton ad ahead of the tournament.
“Checkmate we do in life, it’s not just in chess. And I do it often.
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“I don’t know how to be direct about it, but I’d like to be the one to do the checkmate against him [Messi]. It would be beautiful to happen; it already happened in a chess game. In football it would be even more [beautiful],” Ronaldo said.