Ricardinho and the World Cup … to be the best ever?

The Lithuanian World Cup is one step away from coming to an end. This Sunday the last two games are played: the duel for third place, between Brazil and Kazakhstan (5:00 p.m.), and the main course, the match of the matches, the grand final between Argentina and Portugal (7:00 p.m., GOAL ). The albiceleste, current world champion who defends the throne won five years ago, against Portugal, the current European champion and executioner of Spain in the quarterfinals. The fatigue will be greater in the Portuguese, since they add more minutes on the court than their rival: extra time in the second round against Serbia, in the aforementioned quarters against Spain and in the semifinal, with penalties included, against Kazakhstan. The Argentines only reached overtime against Russia, in the quarterfinals, which they beat in the shootout.

A final that will have its own name: that of Ricardinho. The 36-year-old Portuguese star was injured in March with his club, ACCS Paris, and since then has focused on the World Cup, which he arrived after hastening his recovery. “Winning the World Cup would be the ideal way to lower the curtain on my international career,” said 10 before starting the tournament. In his record there are six Ballon d’Or, three Champions League, a European … this World Cup would boost him, with more force, in the debate to be the best player in all history. A priori, in the debate, his biggest opponent is the Brazilian Falcao, winner of two World Cups with Brazil.

“Falcao is my idol. Falcao was always my idol. He was always an example for me. I always thought of trying to reach their level. I am very happy that I managed to overcome him in certain things. In others I did not, but the most important thing is that we all write our own chapters in futsal, “he told the FIFA media during the World Cup. In case of winning the title this Sunday, Ricardinho’s name would win many integers to be ‘considered’ the best ever … if not already, because no one comes close to his six-time award-winning best in the world.

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A historical player whose future is yet to be defined: his current club, ACCS Paris, won the League in France … and dropped to second due to financial problems. For now, Ricardinho continues to belong to their ranks, but it seems difficult to see him play in that category. With experience in Portugal, Japan, Spain, France… will it be time to return home, to Portugal, after the World Cup? And, if you do, it could be with a star on your chest …

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