Argentina vs Brazil: Bold Predictions for Classic Rivalry

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 8, 2012

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03:  Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Argentina and Germany at Green Point Stadium on July 3, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Euro 2012 isn't the only exciting football happening in the world this week. Brazil and Argentina are renewing their rivalry Saturday, this time at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Here are some bold predictions for this classic rivalry. 


Neymar lives up to the massive hype by scoring a goal and setting up another

Pele has said that he believes Lionel Messi isn't as good as Brazilian star Neymar, according to the Associated Press. 

Talk about pressure.

Neymar is feeling the heat to perform at a high level in this game, but he's just the character who can overcome any pressure thrown his way.

He has scored eight goals in only 16 national team appearances. The 20-year-old is on the rise, and he's ready to show the world that Pele was right.

Was Pele right?

Absolutely not. Not now, anyway. But he will still play well enough to get people thinking. 


Lionel Messi doesn't score 

With all this talk about Messi not being as good as Neymar, people expect Messi to let Brazil have it when the teams lock horns on Sunday. 

But surprisingly, the Argentine wizard won't bring any goal scoring production to the party. 

I know, it's bold seeing how he scored 73 goals in all competitions this year, but he won't score. He may set up a couple goals, but he's not scoring.

Messi doesn't have to score goals for Argentina in order to produce victories. He has others who are capable so he'll play the facilitator role.  


Brazil wins 3-2

In will be an exciting game, Brazil receives two goals from Hulk and one from Neymar. Neymar scores the game-winning goal late to give the Brazilians bragging rights.