Former Brazil star Ronaldo thinks Argentina, one of his nation’s fiercest athletic rivals, is not a team he can support at the World Cup. Instead, he backs France as “strong favorites” to win the tournament again.
Ronaldo won’t be rooting for the South Americans in Tuesday’s semifinal matchup against Croatia, “though Lionel Messi likely has one last opportunity to win the lone major title still out of reach”.
If Argentina wins the World Cup, Ronaldo remarked, “I’m not going to be a hypocrite and claim I’ll be delighted for them.” But I think of football as a romantic sport. And I’ll respect any champion.
At a roundtable in Doha, the two-time World Cup champion told the reporters present, “My prediction has always been Brazil and France in the final.”
Brazil is no longer present. However, France continues to support their standing as the clear favorite by winning matches after matches, and I still think that about them.
On Wednesday, Ronaldo anticipates France to defeat unexpected semi-finalists Morocco. Ronaldo scored both goals in the 2002 World Cup final against Germany.
“I definitely want (Morocco to win), but I don’t think it will happen. Whether it’s in defense, attack, or midfield, I think France has a very solid team, said Ronaldo.
The tournament’s top scorer in Qatar, Kylian Mbappe, who has five goals, has particularly impressed Ronaldo
After the Atlas Lions became the first Arab team and the first African team to make it to a World Cup semifinal, Ronaldo praised Morocco’s efforts.
The fact that an African team is in the World Cup semifinals is “a tremendous football story,” he remarked. “I observed the emotions in Morocco, and football provides us with extremely lovely things.”