These 48 first World Cup matches have ended yesterday, and these matches brought us straight to the second round, which will start tomorrow. Matches that have led us to a series of historical statistical records; the oldest player ever to be on the pitch in the World Cup, the almost endless series of games without 0-0, and the first time a team qualified thanks to the number of yellow cards. We now move on to the second round, therefore, but in my opinion there are so many other beautiful things left to discuss about the groups. Surely, one of them is the Ronaldo-Messi rivalry.
They could challenge each other in the quarters and it would be, sort of, the peak of their sporting rivalry. In two weeks we have seen quite a lot. Ronaldo’s sensational hat-trick against Spain, the total failure of Messi during the first two matches, the goal-scoring header of CR7 against Morocco, the Argentine psychotic drama, the mistakes of the Portuguese against Iran, the resurrection of Messi and Argentina against Nigeria. It was nice, and it was beautiful. There is no doubt that Ronaldo was better than Messi until now, but more has yet to come.
Not just Ronaldo (four goals in three games). The 2018 World Cup has rediscovered the area strikers and top scorers. If in the last World Cup the attackers had remained with normal statistics, in Russia they have not. Lukaku four goals in two games, Kane even five (both rested in the third game). There will be fun! With Diego Costa, Suarez, Cavani and Neymar ready to go wild.