One is the world's best known footballer, the other the most valuable. They have scored the same number of Champions League goals and are loaded down with titles.
Former South African referee of the Year, Daniel Bennettâ€™s 2014 Fifa World Cup dream has been shattered after he was ruled out through injury.
Bennett was selected as support referee for the world football spectacle taking place in Brazil from 12 June -13 July 2014.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a successful return from injury as he helped Portugal warm up for the World Cup with a big win over the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo, 29, had missed Portugal's previous two friendlies with knee and thigh problems, but played for 66 minutes in New Jersey.
Galatasaray have announced the departure of manager Roberto Mancini after just nine months in the job.
The former Manchester City boss has left the Turkish side by mutual consent, the club said.
Striker Luis Suarez is working overtime to be fit for the World Cup as he recovers from knee surgery, says Uruguay team-mate Cristian Rodriguez.
Uruguay open their Group D campaign against Costa Rica on Saturday, but coach Oscar Tabarez does not know when Suarez will be available.
Calls for Wayne Rooney to be dropped by England at the World Cup have turned into a 'witch-hunt', according to his Manchester United coach Phil Neville.
The 28-year-old striker's place in Roy Hodgson's side has been questioned ahead of Saturday's game against Italy.
Brazil legend Pele says England 'have the same chance' as his country of winning the 2014 World Cup.
But the 73-year-old is hoping the hosts end up facing Uruguay in the final so they can make amends for their 1950 humiliation.
David Beckham says striker Wayne Rooney is essential to England's chances at the World Cup because he 'scares' opposition teams.
Doubts have been raised about the the 28-year-old as he is yet to score in eight previous World Cup appearances.
Nigeria will round off their preparations for the Fifa World Cup, starting next Thursday in Brazil, by playing a friendly match against the United States national team at the Everbank Field, Jacksonville on Saturday.
Another day, another star player ruled out of the 2014 World Cup.Â France is the latest team to suffer a hammer blow after playmaker Franck Ribery failed to overcome a back injury.
England captain Steven Gerrard claims former manager Fabio Capello never believed in him to lead the side.
But the Liverpool midfielder says that current boss Roy Hodgson has total faith in him.
Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi, is expected to take a final stand on AS Monaco left-back, Elderson Echiejile, this weekend ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.
Wayne Rooney has shrugged off criticism from his former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes that he may be past his peak.
The England striker was responding to comments from Scholes, who questioned whether Rooney was past his prime and 'worn out' after a long career.
After a spectacular haul of trophies with Barcelona, Lionel Messi has a chance to lead Argentina to glory on the World Cup stage and build on his reputation as one of the all-time greats.
It is customary for international footballers to swap shirts after matches but Iranâ€™s stars have been instructed not to do so at the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.
Nigerian winger, Ahmed Musa is currently nursing an unspecified injury, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has revealed.
Musa was substituted at half time in Nigeriaâ€™s 0-0 draw against Greece in an international friendly on 3 June.
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