Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both Argentina and Portugal must be considered contenders for the World Cup.
Both superstars have been attempting to add the World Cup to their incredible list of honours since they first appeared in the tournament back in 2006. In an interview, the Portuguese manager backed Argentina and Portugal to stand a decent chance if they can overcome Spain and Brazil.
Messi tasted defeat at the hands of Germany four years ago in a final settled by Mario Gotze’s goal. Wile 12 years back World cup bought glory to Ronaldo when Portugal was knocked out at the semi-final stage by a Zinedine Zidane penalty while the closest Ronaldo came to
“Players like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo are so good that they can make their teams better than they are on paper,” Mourinho said. “So I think Argentina and Portugal can do well. Brazil, because of their manager Tite, can play well tactically and defensively, but they still have that natural Brazilian talent. They will be a team to watch.
Germany qualified with a near faultless record and look to have an even stronger team than the one which won the title four years ago. France, too, look boast a formidable squad full of attacking promise, but Mourinho believes a revitalised Spanish side will offer the greatest European threat in Russia.
He added: ‘We have the traditional teams of Europe, but I believe Spain is once again a real team. ‘They were able to get together players with the same game philosophy, adapted to that playing style. ‘I would say that Spain is in better condition than any other European rivals. But let’s see. ‘It is going to be entertaining to me, I’ll be in Russia for a week to follow the games and then finally vacation.’.
But you never know… there can always be a surprise at the World Cup.