Messi and Ronaldo are the superstar duo contrasting in every way. Starting points of difference, personality, gameplay are not the same. And even the first time playing for the national team was the complete opposite.
Portugal released the dream team when attending Euro 2004 at home. In addition to old names like Rui Costa, Ricardo Carvalho or Pauleta. They also own the three most talented players in the world: Luis Figo, Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Deco is the key to Jose Mourinho’s Porto squad that has just ascended to the throne of the Champions League. Meanwhile, Ronaldo is still an emerging name in the national team.
Portugal’s coach at the time was Luiz Felipe Scolari. Like Alex Ferguson, the Brazilian tactician trusts Ronaldo. It was he who brought CR7 from a raw gem to a factor in the Seleccao squad.
During the time the home team prepared for Euro 2024, Scolari advocated close and Ronaldo training gently. Freitas also described the scene when the Brazilian military leader met Ronaldo for the first time. CR7 wears a cap, sunglasses and headphones.
“Like all teenagers, Ronaldo makes people feel he is the center of the world. He doesn’t care about the coach’s advice. For months, Scolari felt that there was a problem with the communication, ”said Jose Carlos Freitas.
Scolari then encouraged Luis Figo to play a “silent teammate” during Ronaldo’s development. He wants the two players to supplement, support each other rather than compete fiercely. The number 7, a symbol in Portugal, has also been modified to suit both.
According to the writer Freitas, Figo played on the right and wore the number 7 shirt. Meanwhile, Ronaldo was awarded the number 17 shirt, symbolizing the No. 7 second, the second Figo.
Figo then treated Ronaldo like a teammate, a captain who taught only juniors. On the CR7 side, he admires Figo but also expresses his clear attitude that he will become a better star than his seniors. And of course, Figo knows that.