Following Argentina’s victory over France 98, Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario De Lima responded to Lionel Messi’s triumph at the FIFA World Cup.
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The legend of Argentina has been praised by Ronaldo, who helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, for his ability to adapt as he gets older and for being a killer.
Argentina survived a remarkable scare from a Kylian Mbappe-inspired France to win the World Cup for the first time in 36 years thanks to Messi, who was at his absolute best once more.
In the thrilling game that ended 3-3 after extra time, the 35-year-old scored twice and contributed to the setup for Angel Di Maria’s third goal.
Mbappe ensured that the outcome of the game would be decided by penalties, and Messi added his penalty in the final shootout which leads them into 4-2 at the end of the penalties.
He’s a killer – Ronaldo interview With ESPN
De Lima, a former Brazilian international, led the celebrations after the game as Messi finally won the one championship that had eluded him.
The 46-year-old said of Messi that the player has changed as he gets older but hasn’t lost his killer instinct in the box.
According to ESPN, Ronaldo said, “He doesn’t run like he used to.”
“He is getting older, back in time, he would create 30 (scoring) actions during the course of a game and nowadays, maybe he will create 10 but he is still a very decisive player.”
“He gets the ball, moves fast and is very good in finding spaces and when he reaches the opponent’s small area, he is a killer,” he added.
“Football of this type dispels any rivalry. I saw many Brazilians, and people from all over the world, cheering on Messi in this electrifying final,” Ronaldo wrote on Twitter.
A farewell worthy of the genius who, far beyond being a World Cup star, led an era. Congratulations, Messi!”
O futebol deste cara joga pra escanteio qualquer rivalidade. Vi muito brasileiro – e gente do mundo inteiro – torcendo pelo Messi nesta final eletrizante. Uma despedida à altura do gênio que, muito além de craque da Copa, capitaneou uma era.
Parabéns, Messi! pic.twitter.com/djwuKJzexa
— Ronaldo Nazário (@Ronaldo) December 18, 2022
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