Lionel Messi will see a giant mural of Cristiano Ronaldo every day

  • Argentina’s new team hotel in Kazan is opposite a mural of Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Lionel Messi will see Ronaldo every day as Argentina prepare to face France
  • If Argentina and Portugal win round of 16 games they will play each other

Lionel Messi will be faced with a towering picture of Cristiano Ronaldo looming over him this week with Argentina staying in a hotel opposite a mural of the Portuguese star.

The Argentina team are staying at a hotel in Kazan ahead of their round of 16 clash with France on Saturday, which will be played at Russian side Rubin Kazan’s stadium.


But Messi will have to face the giant artwork of his long-term rival, Ronaldo, winking at him every morning as he looks outside, before potentially facing him on the pitch if both sides reach the quarter-final.

The two-story, multi-coloured mural, faces the four-star hotel, Ramada, and was produced by Naberezhnye Chelny ahead of Portugal’s stay at the hotel for last year’s Confederations Cup.

Lionel Messi may not be a huge admirer of the graffiti but he will be grateful his side have need to stay in Russia, after a late goal from Marcos Rojo against Nigeria saved them from an early flight home.

Rojo’s 86th minute winner meant Argentina moved into second place in the group and set up a round of 16 tie with France.

Meanwhile, Portugal face Uruguay and the winners of those two ties will play each other in the quarter-final, which could be a Messi and Ronaldo showdown.

According to Four Four Two, Messi will have his own mural painted in Kazan to go with the Ronaldo one.

They claim an employee of the city’s mayor’s office said: ‘We are indeed painting graffiti portraying Messi, but we planned to do it already last year, and Kazan mayor Ilsur Metshin mentioned that.’



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