Cristiano Ronaldo makes exciting prediction about Liverpool FC star Mo Salah

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After weeks of build-up and anticipation, the first game-day of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation is here and there isn't a single football fan who isn't excited. Iceland is coached by Heimir Hallgrímsson, who gave up being a dentist to join the team full-time after their success at Euro 2016.

There were a few supporters allowed to attend the presentation of Julen Lopetegui as the new Real Madrid coach and they made a decision to boo when the Basque tactician was asked if Cristiano Ronaldo was the best players in the world.

"I was skiing in Iceland last summer".

"You wouldn't expect Messi to have said that", Arnason said.

According to a recent poll in Germany, 76.8 percent want to support the Icelanders at the World Cup - providing they do not meet their side in the knockout stages.

Mikel Obi led his teammates to a 4-2 victory against the Seleccion last November and the charismatic Messi was not present in the match.

Messi has been to three major finals with Argentina, losing all three.

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"It will be tough to play against him [Messi] but as long as he is frustrated and can't score, we're happy".

And Lionel Messi is adamant the squad is strong enough to be one of the favourites.

Both claim a string of domestic records in Spanish football, from most free kicks scored in La Liga (that's Messi on 24), to most penalties (Ronaldo on 61). "He's the best passer of the ball you'll see and the best dribbler, certainly in the modern era".

Moreover, at the worldwide level, Portugal's Euro 2016 win gave Ronaldo further bragging rights over Messi. In the latter, he missed his attempt, left the pitch completely distraught, and preemptively declared his retirement from the national team only to rejoin months later. "I take my hat off to him because he was a true example for world football".

Considering the miraculous run of Portugal two years ago, though, don't write off Ronaldo too quickly.

Salah netted 10 times to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League final before he suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of their 3-1 loss to Ronaldo and Real Madrid. Let us know in the comments section below.

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