Football NewsRonaldo Nazario Refuses to be “hypocritical” in his Assessment of Messi’s World Cup Performance.
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Despite his admiration for Lionel Messi, Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazario admits he would be a “hypocrite” if he claimed he would like to see Argentina win the World Cup.

Brazil was eliminated from the tournament in the quarter-finals after losing a penalty shootout to Croatia on Friday. Hours later, they could only watch as South American rivals Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties to advance to the last four.

Many Brazilians will be hoping that Croatia advances to the tournament’s final by eliminating their bitter rivals Argentina, denying La Albiceleste the chance to win their first World Cup title since 1986.

Argentina’s captain and star player, Lionel Messi, is aiming to win the World Cup for the first time in what will almost certainly be his final chance in a glittering career.

The superstar led Argentina to the Copa America title last year, and winning the World Cup would round out his medal collection and solidify his place as the greatest player of all time. He is on track to set several World Cup records, but none will be meaningful if Argentina fails to win the tournament.

Ronaldo, whose goals fired Brazil to the 2002 title four years after they fell short in the final to hosts France due to a suspected seizure before the game, has spoken about Messi and Argentina winning the trophy.

“I cannot speak for the entire country of Brazil,” Ronaldo said. I can only speak for myself. And I’m not so sure! Of course, I will be pleased for him (Messi).” But, as you may be aware, we have a major rivalry between Brazil and Argentina. But I won’t be such a hypocrite as to say I’m happy for Argentina because it’s not true. But, of course, football is romantic to me. Of course, I’ll accept (an Argentine victory) and enjoy any champion.”

Brazil has not won the World Cup since Ronaldo inspired them to victory two decades ago. They were tournament favorites to win this year before coming up just short against Croatia.