Sofiane Boufal, the Moroccan football player, made headlines during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when his team stunned Portugal with a shocking 1-0 victory in the quarter-finals. Boufal played a special role in the match, and he admitted to enjoying seeing Cristiano Ronaldo cry after Portugal’s defeat.
In an interview with Qatari sports station Alkass, Boufal expressed his admiration for Lionel Messi and his preference for FC Barcelona as his dream club.
Ronaldo, who had high expectations going into the World Cup, was benched for both of Portugal’s knockout games by manager Fernando Santos. Despite Ronaldo’s efforts as a second-half substitute in the quarter-final match against Morocco, Portugal was eliminated, and he left the field in tears. Boufal’s Morocco, on the other hand, had an extraordinary journey to the semi-finals, defeating heavyweights such as Belgium, Spain, and Portugal along the way.
Boufal also shared his views on the ongoing debate of the “best of all time,” stating that Ronaldo should not be included in that discussion. Both Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as two of the greatest footballers of all time, with a combined total of 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them.
However, with Messi’s contract with PSG expiring in June and Ronaldo having already moved to Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, their careers are nearing their end as they are 35 and 38 years old, respectively.
Boufal’s performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and his comments on Ronaldo and Messi have grabbed attention. His admiration for Messi and preference for Barcelona as his dream club have sparked discussions among football fans.
Ronaldo’s emotional reaction to Portugal’s defeat and the fact that both Messi and Ronaldo are approaching the end of their careers have also been noteworthy points of discussion in the football world.