Diego Simeone has placed himself firmly in the Lionel Messi camp when it comes to deciding the best player in world football, and he believes the Barcelona star can inspire glory in Russia.
The Spanish shot-stopper gifted Portugal the lead just before half-time by spilling a straight shot from Ronaldo into the goal. De Gea’s club boss offered his support by explaining it can happen ‘to the best’.
‘I am very happy, of course,’ said Ronaldo, asked how it felt to become only the fourth player to score in four World Cup finals as he collected his man of the match award.
The usually reliable goalkeeper was badly at fault for Portugal’s second as he made a complete mess of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot on the stroke of half-time at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.
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Luka Modric insists Croatia’s golden generation are under no extra pressure in Russia, even though it could be the last World Cup for several members of their talented squad.