UFC 282 Stars Paddy Pimblett, Darren Till and Jan Blachowicz Weigh In on the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Debate Ahead of FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals

Anujit Vijayakumar
|Published 08/12/2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has been a revelation in all honesty. The timing of the event could not have been better, considering that the players will be participating in a winter World Cup for the first time.

Since its inception in mid-November, the world cup has garnered the attention of all professional athletes from other sports as well, including the UFC.

The UFC athletes are no strangers to the FIFA World Cup which has been ongoing since November. Given their vast diversity and inclusivity with the promotion of hosting a large number of international athletes, it’s no surprise that there is a lot of noise around the tournament.

With UFC 282 on deck, the fighters were present for their media day obligations. With the World Cup taking place parallel to the sport, the media took advantage of the timing and received answers from the martial artists regarding certain football-related topics.

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Darren Till, Paddy Pimblett, and Jan Blachowicz disclose their choices!

Speaking to ESPN prior to their fight night on Saturday night, the stars of the final pay-per-view revealed their opinions on some of the most wanted questions that their supporters possess with regard to the beautiful game.

Paddy Pimblett, Darren Till, and Jan Blachowicz were asked a series of questions about their preferences when it came to some of the greatest football players of all time with the premise being based on a Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rivalry.


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On being asked between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, all three retorted with the same answer.

“Messi” said Blachowicz, Pimblett, and Till.

Considering that the trio is of European descent, the choices aren’t based on the prevalent norm running around. It’s based on their knowledge of the game, so their opinions are most definitely validated.

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Portugal vs Argentina?!

The 2022 World Cup has been one of the greatest tournaments in the history of the sport. The thrill, the agony, the astonishment, the triumphs, and so on and so forth have all amounted to make for a stellar event.

As the World Cup edges toward a close, the pre-eminent teams are all that remain in the coveted tournament. With the quarter-finals underway tomorrow, the foremost teams are set to clash with the stakes at their highest.

The remaining nations that are set to battle it out for the ultimate prize in all of football are Croatia, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, France, England, and the Netherlands.

While each team does have an adequate opportunity to win, one can’t help but wonder how a prospective World Cup final between Argentina and Portugal would be received. It would be bedlam in Qatar.

At long last, the two greatest footballers of all time clash at the grandest stage of them all, it’s practically written in the stars. Best believe that the World Cup will not be missed henceforth.

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Anujit Vijayakumar

Anujit Vijayakumar

Anujit Vijayakumar is an NBA and Combat Sports writer at The SportsRush. An avid sports enthusiast, Anujit has been involved in the NBA and Combat Sports spectrum for over five years. Having joined The SportsRush in 2022, Anujit has been an integral member of both the basketball and combat sports community. He has published over 200 articles for NBA and over 150 articles for MMA primarily since his tenure began as a content writer.

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