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

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"We love his behaviour, we love everything about him", Patra told AFP.

But for all his exploits, Lionel Messi has not yet scored the ultimate goal.

The world's most prolific goal-scorers will be on show at Russian Federation 2018, but who will prove themselves to be the most lethal in front of goal?

Argentina goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman has revealed his side have been focusing on set pieces during training in order to contain Iceland in Group D's opening game at this year's FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

At the senior level, Lionel Messi has never led his country to victory in any tournament.

Alejandro Sabella, who was in charge in Brazil four years ago, believes Argentina's progress has been impeded by the absence of "the more cerebral players" they frequently used to produce, playmakers such as Pablo Aimar, Juan Roman Riquelme, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ariel Ortega, that could be to Messi what Andres Iniesta has always been at Barcelona.

"As it is the first game of the World Cup, it is hard to start playing at the best level", he said.

Like Messi, Ronaldo has put his national team on his back on countless occasions in the past. The River Plate midfielder's inclusion takes Argentina past Costa Rica as the oldest squad by a single day. The skycam dips in, gliding past the number seven in red and the number ten in white and blue, multiple times, throughout the game. For one a tackle from behind was not considered a foul in stark contrast to the protection offered to players by officiating personnel in the modern era.

Messi also makes that list, while it is no surprise to find that a former Madrid stalwart considers an iconic figure now turning out at the Santiago Bernabeu to be the finest player on the planet. Football boots and pitches are also vastly improved from the days of old. "He has extraordinary players and a coach which has given him a plus", he added.

Ronaldo is also in Russian Federation this summer, with the 33-year-old looking to provide the spark for Euro 2016 winners Portugal on a World Cup stage.

It can also be argued that defenders in the golden era were not as technically gifted as the defenders today and that makes it more hard for a player with silky skills such as Messi to shine through.

Stanislav noted that they lost to Nigeria and Spain in pre-World Cup friendlies because Messi was not fielded. Perhaps each's last chance, period.

Jorge Sampaoli's side begin the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy, but first must overcome Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland during the group stages. They have just given him a new contract for the future.

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