The dream of a World Cup final between Lionel Messi's Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal is still in the cards

To the football , this could be the last time we will see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo share a world cup stage in Qatar as both players seek to win the most coveted trophy in world football.

Messi and Ronaldo are regarded as the most outstanding players to have ever graced the game, sharing the stage for the last two decades or so.

The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is their fifth tournament, with previously featuring in the 2006 World Cup held in Germany, 2010 in South Africa, Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018.

With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at 35 and 37 years of age, respectively, the World Cup in Qatar could be the last shot to the legends of the game at the biggest stage. 

As a lover of football, sit back and enjoy while they play; probably it's a chance not surely to be taken for granted, and in future, we will tell the generations to come how we watched Messi and Ronaldo – two of World' great's play at the grand stage.

But while the age catches up with them, would the two world's great football genius pounce their hands on the World Cup trophy this year? 

In 2014, Paris Saint Germain star Messi was close to lifting the title but fell short against Germany in Brazil, while Ronaldo's Portugal, the best they have ever reached before, was in the semi-final in 2006.


World Cup 2022 Stats


So far, both Argentina and Portugal have qualified for the quarter-finals. In their first tournament match, Portugal won 3-2 against Ghana in a match that saw Ronaldo become the first player to score in 5 World Cup tournaments.

The former Real Madrid star scored on a spot-kick before Ghana equalized, but goals from Atletico Madrid's forward Joao Felix and Rafael Leao were enough to give Portugal all the points.

Portugal won their next group stage game against Uruguay by 2-0 but would succumb to the wrath of South Koreans, who punished them 2-1 although they had already qualified after their two group stage wins.

On the other side, Lionel Messi's Argentina started on the wrong foot losing 2-1 against Saudi Arabia, with Lionel Messi scoring the only goal for the Argentines on a spot-kick.

After the devastating loss to Saudi Arabia, Argentina turned up and stunned Mexico 2-0 to redeem their chances in the knockout stage. Lionel Messi scored one and assisted Benfica's Enzo Fernandez goal to stay alive in the tournament. 

In Group C, Lionel Scaloni's men qualified as winners after beating Poland 2-0 on November 30. Although Messi had missed on a spot-kick, second-half goals from Julian Alvarez and Brighton's MacAllister assured them the win.

In their first Knockout game against Australia and Leo Messi's 1000th professional game, Messi stepped up for the badge to put his team ahead with a fantastic superb finish in the first half. For the 90 minutes of the game, Lionel Messi stayed lethal and was a nightmare to the Socceroo's defenders. The match ended 2-1 in favor of Argentina to book a date with the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere Portugal booked their quarter-final spot after humiliating Switzerland 6-1 with Ronaldo on the bench. Goncalo Ramos was the man of the moment in his World Cup debut, scoring three goals in the match.

In the 2022 World Cup Lionel Messi has scored three and assisted 1 in four matches while Ronaldo has only a goal in three matches played. 

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