Experts say earning power linked more to club success; brands chase stars' social media followers Lionel Messi may be heading home early from the World Cup after flops on the pitch for Argentina yet he will remain a ubiquitous presence in Russian Federation and around the world as the face of dozens of brand marketing campaigns.
"He is one of the big names in Russian Federation who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far".
"Messi is human", Aguero said afterward. The scene worsened after Argentina in their next match lost the game 0-3 against Croatia. He's not Ronaldo in this regard.
It is already widely believed that Messi is up there with the best ever in the game, with compatriot Diego Maradona and Brazil icon Pele, although there remain questions as to his validity to being spoken of in the same breath as players who have won the World Cup, while he hasn't. It needs to Wake up.More news: Iran 1-1 Portugal
Ronaldo is being hyped up because the media loves to over-inflate the individual star and with CR7's only potential peer, Lionel Messi, now set to go home early, the television talking heads are only going to sensationalize the superstar further. But we saw during Champions League that when the match is not in their favor, it can dissolve on the field.
With nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play, the top stars of the 2018 World Cup have struggled to deliver on the impossible expectations they carried into the tournament, with one prominent Portuguese exception. He's not running, he's walking.
Ronaldo scored three times in Portugal's World Cup opening draw against Spain on Friday in Sochi.
"The whole team's body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other. I know it'll be a war against me", said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal and Ronaldo at the 2010 finals in South Africa.More news: Mavs swap picks with Hawks to get Luka Doncic
Two stunning second-half goals from Ahmed Musa sunk Iceland, who faded badly after half-time and missed an 82nd minute penalty, which could have given them a lifeline, when Gylfi Sigurddsson blazed over the bar.
"And the manager Sampaoli has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything".
"You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those".More news: Maradona to Messi: 'I love you as always'