Maradona: It’s CR7 vs AG7

Diego Maradona believes that the outcome of Sunday's Euro final between Portugal and France will be decided on Cristiano Ronaldo's hunger for the title.

Portugal have the opportunity to win their first ever major international trophy and the Argentinian football icon says they can do just that, if their captain is hungry enough for success.

"It's not all about strategy in big games. Wanting something badly is big motivation," he wrote in The Times of India.

"Playing a second final at 31, Ronaldo won't get a better chance at international glory. How badly he wants it could determine the distance between France and yet another successful home run."

Maradona went on to warn the Portuguese to keep a close eye on France's star player in the tournament, Antoine Griezzman.

"Like France thinking of containing CR7, Portugal will be wary of AG7. Griezmann has a lovely touch, a sublime left foot, and his six goals have lit up the tournament," he continued.

"They carry the confidence of dumping Germany, while Portugal have had an additional day of rest, with time to think about the blue wave about to test their defence."

Griezzman is not the only France player the 55-year-old singled out for praise.

"They have resources in midfield and attack to put Portugal under pressure," he wrote.

"Pogba is peaking at the right time. The trick he displayed before chipping the ball in for the second goal [against Germany] was about amazing skills, other than confidence.

"[Blaise] Matuidi and [Moussa] Sissoko are the spoilers in midfield, where [Dimitri] Payet will have a more attacking role, after having fallen back deeper in the semi-final.

"France's strength lies in this department, that harries the opponent as well takes the game forward," he concluded.

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