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Fabregas: Ronaldo's goals come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes

Fabregas: Ronaldo's goals come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes

Sampaoli gave this comment in response to a question about Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been subtly proclaiming his status as the "Greatest Of All Time" throughout what has been an admittedly incredible World Cup on his part so far.

Lionel Messi does not have the same leadership qualities as Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former Barcelona player Emmanuel Petit.

Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick against Spain with another goal against Morocco but, writing for the BBC, Fabregas says the Portugal forward's goals need to be analysed in greater detail.

Messi missed a penalty in Argentina's opener, while fitness issues for Neymar and Mohamed Salah have blighted their challenge to Ronaldo's crown. He's no Ronaldo in that regard. But while one excellent player can make a great result, a great team does the job much better. He needs to wake up!

"Anxiety exists because it's a World Cup and we are European champions and we want to get through the group and go as far as possible", Dias told a news conference at the Portugal training base.

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With their strongest squad for years and in pole position in the group, Croatia dream of rivalling the glories of 1998, when they reached the World Cup semi-finals and finished third after a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the playoff.

Messi could not help Argentina against Croatia tonight, as they fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat. When things go well with Barcelona he's a terrific player. It would be a shame to see them qualify, because against Iceland they looked bad, with no inspiration, nothing at all. He's not running, he's walking. He's not concerned about the ball.

"And the manager, Jorge Sampaoli, has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything".

In other World Cup betting action in the days ahead, Iceland can take a huge step towards advancing to the knockout stage at their first World Cup when they battle Nigeria on Friday as razor-thin +170 chalk.

"Obviously there are some other good South American teams in there, but if you ask me the victor is between Brazil and Argentina".


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