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2018 World Cup Without Ronaldo & Messi?

2018 FIFA World Cup Without Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi?

By David Kappel - Oct 04, 2017 09:00 PM @kappilinho

A FIFA World Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seems unthinkable, but it could really happen in 2018.

Read: Ronaldo 10, Messi 1

The Portuguese and his Argentine counterpart still have work to do in their national teams' final two qualifiers for the showpiece in Russia.

Portugal currently sit in second spot in their World Cup qualification group, three points behind leaders Switzerland, who still have a 100% record.

While the Swiss have won all of their 2018 qualifiers, including the first contest with Ronaldo's side 2-0, Portugal have won seven of their eight matches.

Both nations will meet again on the final qualification matchday on 10 October, when Portugal will need to beat Switzerland in order to avoid having to play a World Cup playoff fixture.

Although the 2016 UEFA European Championship winners qualified for the past two World Cups via the playoff route, they would probably much rather book their ticket via the direct route to minimise the risk of missing out.

Messi's Argentina, meanwhile, are fifth in the South American qualification table. They are tied with fourth-placed Peru on 24 points, but just one ahead of six-placed Chile.

The Albiceleste face Peru in a direct contest on Friday, before travelling to Ecuador for their final World Cup qualifier.

Two wins would definitely secure Messi's World Cup ticket, but anything less could see them drop out of the five qualifying spots – the fifth-placed South American team will face the winner of the Oceania qualification group, New Zealand, in an inter-continental playoff.

For a more in-depth overview, also on the African World Cup qualification groups, buy this week's Soccer Laduma and read our preview on the international pages.

Can you imagine the 2018 World Cup in Russia without Messi and Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Khosification Amu86 Joined: 11 Aug 2015
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Khosification Amu86 Oct 06, 2017 03:45 PM
How many teams qualify from Euro groups,?
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RealManUchiefz Joined: 11 Jun 2017
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RealManUchiefz Oct 05, 2017 04:33 PM
Tht could be interesting if they dnt make it jst to see wht are cheerleaders will talkabout coz they dnt knw football it will a very noiseless month and u ciwditor wht are gonna write about really
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zachariah.maki@gmail.com Joined: 28 Nov 2016
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zachariah.maki@gmail.com Oct 05, 2017 03:28 PM
I hope it happen so that we can see who will be the next contenders for the next ballon d'or n FIFA best Player!
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#eddie Oct 05, 2017 02:35 PM
A world cup without messi is not watchable...but a world cup cup without ronaldo is watchable...but I think they are both going to Russia!......so no need to debate ppl
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Oct 05, 2017 10:15 AM
Portugal qualify via play ofs last world cups they did same way
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Boris Becker Oct 05, 2017 09:55 AM
No news here maan
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musah005 Oct 05, 2017 09:39 AM
It's not over till the fat lady sings
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STIGA18 Joined: 26 Sep 2015
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STIGA18 Oct 05, 2017 08:17 AM
Wow
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Johannes methuli Oct 05, 2017 08:14 AM
Who cares?
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king mosha Joined: 17 Aug 2017
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king mosha Oct 05, 2017 08:05 AM
IT WILL BE A GREAT WORLD CUP WITHOUT THEM
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Sanchez Alexis Oct 05, 2017 08:04 AM
Wud love my King CR7 to get some rest...his Real Madrid is too busy & nid him in Champion's league. Rather Mess-y's Argentina be there coz Barcelona isn't busy wit anything except for the domestic league.
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THANDIBUCS Oct 05, 2017 07:18 AM
that is where Argentine and portugal will get beaten cleanically.
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juju banned lwandle hater Oct 05, 2017 06:41 AM
masesi dont offer argentina anything he's useless without refcellona, the king cr7 we'll be in russia so relax cowditor
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yuri10 Oct 05, 2017 06:31 AM
It will be a great world cup without them
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Nelson[barça & kby] Oct 05, 2017 05:39 AM
@Dancle,sometimes you need to stop your hatred n love football kwedini
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Iviweluwalala Oct 05, 2017 05:22 AM
I'm sure It serves notice to some blogger national teams ply junk football it's just you need to score goals regardless how much you put you game portugal is current Europian champions but they have possibility of plying on playoffs crazy ha shot competitions u do not realy see the potential of best players anyone can steel a game by scoring important goal then everything halt for months same player flops in the next game
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Twist'embengeni Oct 05, 2017 01:52 AM
Broaders lukatit
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N̤j̤a̤b̤s̤ Oct 05, 2017 12:21 AM
̴w̴̴e̴ ̴n̴̴e̴̴e̴̴d̴ ̴t̴̴h̴̴e̴̴ m̴ ̴b̴̴o̴̴t̴̴h̴ haa special da king
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NHLOH Oct 04, 2017 11:18 PM
Thomas Muller have fared better than Ronaldo in the last 2 world cups
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NHLOH Oct 04, 2017 11:17 PM
Ronaldo flops is always a normal player in world cups

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