For many, Lionel Messi is the greatest football of all time, the 'GOAT', but the player himself remains humble.

The Argentine has explained how he feels when people consider him the greatest and he says he tries to remember that every player is equal at kick-off.

"I don't consider myself the best, I think I am just another player," he said in an interview with Paper Magazine.

"On the field, we are all the same when the game begins."

As part of the interview, the magazine got Messi to pose with goats and he discussed his lifelong love for animals.

"I am a big fan of animals," he revealed.

"I grew up with them and they have taught me many things.

"Now we have our dog Hulk, who really is part of the family, we always include him.

"Our children learn so much from Hulk.

"The love shown between him and the kids and the kids and him is constant."

Looking ahead to the World Cup, the forward spoke of how Argentina are not one of the very favourites.

"We still have to make ourselves stronger as a team to be in the running to win and be at the same level as other teams like France, Germany, Brazil or Spain," he stated.

"But we have a good group of players and the Argentine team is always going to be a candidate to win, it doesn't matter how we get there.

"We always aim to win and we will try to go slowly but strongly to advance in the competition."

Argentina find themselves in a group with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

A calm Cristiano Ronaldo arrives for Portugal training

Zinedine Zidane's resignation was the third bombshell dropped on Real Madrid after they defeated Liverpool in Kiev, the first being Cristiano Ronaldo's statements on his own future, however, a much calmer Ronaldo arrived for Portugal's training camp on Sunday.

With the team based near Lisbon, the former Sporting prodigy is totally focused on international matters with his agent taking complete control of negotiations over his domestic future.

Those within the forward's inner circle are acutely aware of the chaos that has engulfed Los Blancos since Zidane sensationally walked away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and there is an intrigue as to how this will play in their favour.

Whilst the issue with the club surrounds a new contract, the fiscal details of the new deal aren't overly important to the Portuguese international.

He's more hurt by Florentino Perez's broken promise of a new deal, as well as the apparent obsession the president has with regards to signing Neymar.

Ronaldo's performances in the Champions League greatly boosted his morale and he enjoyed being the team's focal point.

His overhead kick against Juventus was the pinnacle of the campaign from an individual perspective.

Unfortunately, his run of goals stopped at the semifinal stage and it clearly got to him.

By the time the team was ready to lift the trophy in the Ukrainian capital, he cut a deeply frustrated figure.

It's understood that the departure of the French coach has shifted the situation further, especially with the former Manchester United forward having no close allies within the squad.

Los Blancos don't want a repeat of the headlines from the summer of 2017 which suggested the forward wanted to leave the club and that message has been understood.

Perez doesn't want any additional sideshows whilst he looks to hire a new coach, and for now, the business of renewing Ronaldo's contract has been postponed.

For the player himself this isn't necessarily an issue, he's more concerned over who the coach will be for the 2018/19 season.

Ronaldo would welcome either Mauricio Pochettino or Jurgen Klopp, both of whom have been linked with the vacant post.

Portugal's Football Federation has a planned press conference in which the 33-year-old will speak, however, he won't reference his situation in Madrid.

Time is on his side and he feels as though he controls his own destiny, although at the present moment there aren't any clear suitors.

Furthermore, Perez is of the belief that the club can't have two iconic figures leave in the same summer and will make a concerted effort to keep Ronaldo at the club.

Shoulder injury doesn't keep Salah out of the Egypt squad

The Egyptian FA have revealed their final 23-man list for the World Cup and Mohamed Salah is on it, despite his shoulder injury.

The team's doctor Mohamed Abu Leila announced last week that the player's recovery time should not exceed three weeks, so he should be able to play some part in Russia, even if he misses the first match against Uruguay.

One of the other intriguing stories of the Egyptian list is the fact that 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has made the cut, meaning that if he plays he could be the oldest player to ever take part in a World Cup.

Zidane went without giving the bill

For Zinedine Zidane money is not the most important thing, obviously as a professional he wants to be paid what he deserves but it is not the driving force behind his decisions as he is never going to be short.

Based on this it can be seen that he has walked away from Real Madrid twice with contracts still running, with the latest last Thursday, and he will not see out his present deal, having just won a third consecutive Champions League.

Zidane's contract, that saw him earn nine million euros a year, ran until 2020 but it never passed through his head to see it out just for the sake of it and then leave the club by the back door.

The financial implication was not important for Zidane who earns according to his work and not for what he hasn't done. There are many cases of those who have taken the opposite stance but Zidane is not like them.

It was the same as a player when Zidane left Madrid in 2006, giving up a year on his contract as he did not feel he could offer the same level. It is the same reason for why he has gone now but the main difference is that then he was the star of a side that was clearly in decline.

Then Zidane decided to go before it was forced to and he said goodbye to the Bernabeu in an emotional clash against Villarreal. It was not his final football game though as he went on to play the World Cup in Germany and helped France to the final, which will be forever marked by his fiery temperament.

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