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Spain, Germany, France and Brazil: Chhetri's top-four World Cup pick

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Indian team captain today rated as the greatest of all time but did not include among his favourite four teams to lift in

"If you're asking me four good teams then I would say Germany, Spain, and look really strong," Chhetri said.

"I hope some other team proves me wrong. England are darkhorses, while have a very good side."

Chhetri rated as the "greatest to have ever played the sport" and hoped he lived up to his fans' expectation by lifting

"I will be very happy if he scores. I am his fan. I don't take comparisons seriously. I don't think anyone should. These are baseless. I hope scores and do well," Chhetri said.

"A lot of people say that since he hasn't won the World Cup, he is not a great or whatever. I think he is the greatest player ever to play He is extraordinary. I just hope, for his sake, that he does well and win "

An ardent supporter, Chhetri said the spotlight would be on Andres Iniesta who has hinted about his retirement.

"The team which I really like to watch is I like the way they play football," Chhetri said.

"I don't want to take names. It's time to watch the best players play against each other. I think that is the whole thing of World Cup. It comes in four years. As neutrals, just enjoy it as there are so many players to watch out for."

He equalled Messi in the number of international goals (64) but Chhetri rubbished the comparison with the Argentine superstar.

"When I hear about the comparisons, I get happy for five seconds and then forget it. There's no comparison whatsoever. Messi and Ronaldo are two of the best players ever to play We are Indians. Please be happy for five seconds and then forget about it," he said.

Chhetri further said Messi and Ronanldo may play the 2022 edition of the World Cup as well if they keep themselves in shape.

"I don't think this would be Messi or Ronaldo's last World Cup. They are so fit. Let's turn our attention to Iniesta who is such a This is set to be his last World Cup so let's enjoy him play," he concluded.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 19:45 IST