- Cristiano Ronaldo poses with teammates for a pose in training
- The gesture comes after Lionel Messi takes a picture with a goat
- Both stars will be vying for honours at the biggest stage of football
In response Lionel Messi's recent G.O.A.T - Greatest Of All Time photoshoot, Cristiano Ronaldo struck a pose with his Portugal teammates in training.
The Real Madrid star posed with his Portuguese teammates including Beto, Rui Patricio and Mario Rui.
The Portugal international took centre stage with his arms crossed, shorts pulled up to show off those powerful thighs and a stern stare down the lens with the message here: he means business this summer.
The biggest criticism handed to both Ronaldo and Messi is that neither have ever gone on to win the World Cup unlike legends of the game like Pele and Diego Maradona.
And with both now at ages 33 and 30, their chances are running out fast, with Russia potentially the last opportunity to launch a strong assault on the biggest stage.
Ronaldo has one major international honour following their Euro 2016 win but with a Portugal squad lacking the quality boasted by Messi's Argentina, the pressure falls on Los Blancos talisman to have the tournament of his career so far.
A World Cup success for either of the stars would provide a major boost in their attempts to be declared the Greatest Of All Time.
The former Manchester United winger has the confidence and self assurance that he is the best but even he will have been surprised to see Messi's clever play on words in his pre-World Cup shoot.
Messi was pictured holding and stroking various goats wearing the Argentina home shirt for the tournament in Russia and a whole load of other merchandise supplied by sponsor adidas.
The goats during the photograph session came from La Granja Natura, a Barcelona-based petting zoo, and their vets were on hand to ensure none were harmed.
According to the write-up in New York-based Paper Magazine, Messi was a natural. 'I am a big fan of animals,' he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Portuguese captain has told Real Madrid he wanted a pay rise to remain at the club.
The Real Madrid talisman hinted after their Champions League win against Liverpool he could leave the club.
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