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Shevchenko: Ukraine legend on Messi, Kane and war in his homeland

Andriy Shevchenko says Lionel Messi is the best player there has ever been and it would be a fitting finale to his career if he were to lift the World Cup on Sunday.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, the former Ballon d'Or winner also backed Harry Kane to bounce back quickly from his missed penalty in England's quarter-final defeat to France, saying - like Kane - he knows how it feels to carry the weight of a nation on your shoulders.

Shevchenko has recently returned from Ukraine, where he has been lobbying for greater humanitarian support for the people suffering in his homeland. He says he is concerned the war with Russia is slipping down the news agenda in the west.

Shevchenko is now in Doha as a guest of FIFA and will be at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the World Cup final between Argentina and France. He says it would complete the "fairytale" if it were Messi lifting the trophy at the end.

Messi is the symbol of Argentina," said Shevchenko. "A legend - one of the best of all time. You put him with [Diego] Maradona and Pele. A player like him deserves to win the World Cup.

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