Messi Favourite for World Cup Golden Boot Ahead of Neymar, Ronaldo


The exception is Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain, who have been drawn in Group B, which also has Morocco and Iran.

"Portugal current European champion and with a host of top-level footballers".

Morocco will start their games at the tournament against Iran, the first Asian team to secure a qualification to the World Cup.

"Iran had a good qualifying campaign, the second time they are in the World Cup, have experience and the coach also, maybe one of the most experienced of this World Cup".

Neymar's Brazil must negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as the South Americans seek a sixth title.

Quoted by AD, Ziyech said on the group, "It is a tough group, but everything is possible, is not it?" Performance against defending World Champions, and bookies favourites, Germany could well determine who qualifies, as it did for the Boys in Green in 2002. We have achieved the World Cup again after twenty years. "Spain is naturally favorite, as I've always said", Santos said.

Mutko was the Minister of Sport between 2008 and 2016 and is the head of Russia's World Cup organizing committee.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has a lot of admiration for the three countries his team will face in the group stages of the World Cup. "I hope they avoid each other because it would probably make a good semi or final".

The tournament that spans 11 cities and 12 stadiums kicks off when host nation Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

"I can not say whether I'm happy or not", Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, after drawing Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.

La Roja have overcome their Iberian neighbours in their past two meetings in major competitions and have gone on to win the title after those encounters.

The French team and their potent strike force of Antoine Griezmann will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. "It's going to be a hard tournament", Portugal coach added. "The majority of Morocco's players are playing in Europe and they knocked the Ivory Coast out and hasn't lost any games", Lopetegui stated.

Group H meanwhile is wide open, featuring Poland - given Pot 1 status ahead of Spain - Senegal, Colombia and Japan.