The only major trophy in football that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi have ever won is the World Cup.

Messi came closest when Argentina reached the final four years ago, only to lose to Germany in extra time.

In his three previous attempts, Ronaldo has never gone beyond the semi-final stage and a fourth-place finish in 2006 when Portugal were defeated 1-0 by France.

The Portuguese reached the last eight in 2010 in Germany, but could not get out of the group stage in Brazil four years ago.

At 33, this is probably Ronaldo’s last chance while he is a top player, though he recently claimed that he intends to play until he is 41.

Given his motivation for continually proving doubters wrong, it would be a brave person who ruled him out of lining up in 2026 at the tournament shared by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

That would mean a further two World Cups for the Real Madrid forward, but older players in a top league tend to quit international football long before club football.

Even with an in-form Ronaldo, Portugal, the European champions, are not considered one of the favourites to win the tournament.

Source: N. Sport

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