Many factors contribute to what we all consider our dream World Cup Final. A favorite team, player, storyline or rivalry are all considerations that make the biggest game the best game.
At the 2022 World Cup, there are a number of paths to glory for the 16 teams that qualify for the knockout stages. In fact, looking at the World Cup Predictor alone, the group stage offered fascinating prospects for the tournament. England can take on Brazil in a historic match. Or modern fans of the sport can watch Argentina compete against Portugal. Lionel Messi can take on Cristiano Ronaldo as the two settle the debate for the best of all time, or at least this generation.
Then there is the storyline path. There are a number of underdogs to reach the knockout stage. Australia finished second in a group with France, Denmark and Tunisia. It faces Argentina to upset another big side in the round of 16. Or Morocco finished best of its group with Belgium and Croatia. Morocco looks like a quiet strong side that has the potential to do something special.
For many fans, the dream World Cup final also includes their home country. For many of the readers, and for myself, that is the United States. While the Stars and Stripes never reached that stage, 2022 is a great time to make that dream a reality.
A dream World Cup final
That’s why I have two dream World Cup finals. The first of these concerns the United States, which is a well-known opponent. If the United States played against England, it would be the ultimate opponent for the Americans. While that may not be the case a ‘rivalry’, per se, England and the United States certainly have commonality and easy exchange between their fan bases. The debate over whether it’s soccer or football highlighted in a recent Frito Lay commercial would be settled.
That said, the dream World Cup final is Portugal against Argentina. The match between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would bring the world to a standstill for a few hours. Those two players dominated the world for over a decade. While both are in the twilight of their careers, with potential moves to smaller clubs on the horizon for both Messi and Ronaldo, this would be the best way to cap off a generation of brilliance.
And you? If you look at the World Cup series, which potential match in the final would be your dream World Cup final?
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