World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi ‘probably’ playing at their last World Cup says Jose Mourinho

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo “probably have one last chance” to win the World Cup, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Portugal captain Ronaldo, 33, and Argentina skipper Messi, 30, have multiple honours for their clubs but neither have lifted the World Cup. “They both arrive at this World Cup probably as the last one,” Mourinho said on Thursday. “It would be the pinnacle of their careers.”

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Messi have nine Champions League final wins between them and a further 11 La Liga titles. Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016 but Messi has yet to enjoy a major success with Argentina at senior level. Both players are appearing at their fourth World Cup finals.

Speaking to Russian broadcaster RT, Mourinho added: “Everybody knows for the last decade Ronaldo and Messi are the two best players on the planet. “They have tried to give the best of themselves to their countries.”