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The new Real Madrid coach once preferred Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo

13 June, 2018, 19:10 | Author: Carla Brady
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Ronaldo, along with Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, and others is one of the star attractions of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018.

Portugal midfielder Manuel Fernandes said Cristiano Ronaldo "doesn't look at all anxious about his future" as the Real Madrid superstar contemplates a possible exit from the Spanish giants this summer.

Speaking on Monday at Portugal's World Cup team base camp on the outskirts of Moscow, Fernandes said: "I have nothing negative to say about Cristiano, he looks focused and doesn't look at all anxious about his future".

Ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation, the Spanish coach has talked about Messi on various occasions and considers him a player who practically has no equal.




His sparkling form underpinned the Reds' surge to a surprise Champions League final appearance against Ronaldo's Real Madrid, but the fairytale ended in tears as a shoulder injury forced him out in the early stages of the 3-1 defeat in Kiev.

The 25-year-old beat Ronaldo's record of 31 goals in a Premier League campaign after the African forward netted 32 times in his first season in the English top flight. This year's month-long festival of football stares the 33-year old in the face, perhaps taunting him that this could be his last shot.

That is a decidedly different take from Ronaldo, who has proclaimed himself to be the greatest player in the history of the game, and who may not like his new coach appearing to favor his rival. "But I believe both Spain and Portugal will reach the next round".

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