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Carlo Ancelotti talks Messi, Ronaldo, Luka Modric, World Cup finals

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Carlo Ancelotti sat down with Radio Anch’io Sport where he offered his thoughts on the recently concluded FIFA World Cup. He also talked about the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo while praising Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

Ancelotti stressed how Argentina and Lionel Messi deserved the World Cup, stating (h/t Diario AS), “It has been very nice and ended with a beautiful final. Argentina deserved to win, they found their conviction and grabbed a fantastic Messi.

He explained the reason Argentina lifted the Cup, adding, “They won for two reasons: because they have good players and the best, and because this quality was supported by new players like Álvarez and Enzo Fernández, with a team with a good defensive attitude”.

Ancelotti went on to talk about Lionel Scaloni, who was the mastermind behind Argentina’s triumph in not only the World Cup but also Copa America last year.

“He did an extraordinary job, but he didn’t do something new: he just put the players in their place and gave them a good defensive organization, supporting the great work of Messi, Álvarez and Di María. Nothing new, let’s say,” he said.

Ancelotti talked about the final as well, adding, “The two teams that had the best individual talent and the best organization came to play it. They were not afraid to defend themselves despite their talent. France and Argentina based their victories on good defense and the quality of the players”.

The Real Madrid coach gave his verdict on the Messi-Ronaldo debate as well, especially in the midst of talk about how the fabled rivalry that lasted a decade and a half, may soon come to an end.

“This duel gave them both motivations. In these years, they have been the main architects of the world of football, playing great and scoring many goals. Messi closes his career with the World Cup, Ronaldo closes it in a different way, but it was extraordinary anyway,” he said.

“Especially here, in Madrid, he will remain forever in the hearts of the fans. I don’t know what he will do in the future, he still wants to compete at the highest level and I don’t think the Arab world can be suitable for him in this sense,” he said about Ronaldo.

Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on another player that has lasted a decade and a half, in the form of Luka Modric. “Modric is immortal. He will stay if he wants. We are all sure that he will retire at Real Madrid,” he said.

Apart from his thoughts on the World Cup, Ancelotti offered clarity on his future as well, suggesting that he has no plans to leave Real Madrid unless they sack him before his contract expires in 2024.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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