Russia 2018: World's best relaxed over WC draw

As excitement grows in anticipation of the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the top three players in the world are approaching the draw with an open mind.

Cristiano Ronaldo was voted as FIFA's best player for the year 2017 ahead of Lionel Messi (R) and Neymar (L).   -  Getty Images

As excitement grows in anticipation of the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the top three players in the world are approaching the draw with an open mind.

FIFA.com spoke to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar about the upcoming draw, which is expected to go live on Friday at 8:30 p.m. IST.

“I’m relaxed because, although some teams are stronger than others, all the groups will be balanced. I’m calm because I know that, when the time comes, the team will be ready,” explained a laid-back Cristiano Ronaldo. “Whoever we’re drawn against, we have to win, no matter what,” he added with characteristic determination.

“I’ll be following it, so long as we don’t have training or a match,” confirmed Lionel Messi, who also confessed that he was already imagining who Argentina’s potential opponents might be.

 

Like Ronaldo, Neymar was in relaxed mood. “I believe that we’re ready to take on anyone.”

But the Brazilian also admitted that this Friday would not be just another day, and that he already had plans for the draw. “We’re going to put some popcorn in the microwave, and call family and friends. Everyone will have a keen eye on the television.”

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