Portugal’s friendly with Argentina will see another chapter inked into the Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi chronicles as the Old Trafford non-competitive spectacular pits the planet’s two finest footballers against one another for the first time on the international scene.
The raft of superstars in the Albiceleste line up means CR7 – the only world-beating asset in the European Selecao ranks – will have to move mountains in order to prevent the World Cup finalists justifying 19/20 favouritism on his Theatre of Dreams return.
Ronaldo’s Portugal side are 29/10 to help the Ballon d’Or holder commemorate the occasion with a win, while 5/2 says the spoils will be shared.
But the result isn’t what the masses will be tuning in for.
What the paying customers want to see is the latest instalment in the debate that will outlast us all – Ronaldo or Messi: who’s the best?
It’ll take a team of scholars boasting a little more brainpower than yours truly to draw a satisfactory conclusion to this debate.
But what we have identified at news.bwin.com/en/ HQ is who’s most likely to find the net here.
From the comfort of our armchair, clad in smoking jacket and deerstalker, we can tell you it’s the footloose Argentine who’s more likely to bag, even though his Real Madrid contemporary is the superior international marksman.
As our clever numerical analysis attests, Messi does the bulk of his Argentina goalscoring when the stakes are low, so the 7/10 about him notching at any stage here is very much worth a bet.
Ronaldo is more likely to rustle the net in competitive action, so should be swerved here, despite an appealing 6/5 anytime goal price.