MOSCOW (AFP) – Portugal’s Adrien Silva refused to be drawn on comparisons between teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi after wildly contrasting fortunes for the global stars in their opening games at the World Cup.
Ronaldo rescued Portugal with a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw with title contenders Spain, while Messi missed a penalty as Argentina were held 1-1 by tournament newcomers Iceland.
“You can’t compare Messi with Ronaldo,” Leicester City midfielder Silva said yesterday. “We have a leader, he’s with us and he must do what he must do. He has to help us as best as he can.”
“The result was positive,” Silva added. “It wasn’t the one that we expected though, but still we tried not to lose the game. That’s what was most important for us.
“We did our best at every moment. Spain tried to change the course of the game but we resisted well so we feel good about it.”