Portugal face Sweden on Friday for the first leg of the two nations’ World Cup 2014 playoff to decide who will be booking their flight to Brazil next summer.

World Cup playoffs are generally always engaging affairs, but this particular match-up has left most football fans’ tongues lolling is the showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

This is probably the biggest individual showdown in the playoffs for a long time and both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have the ability to take the tie by the scruff of the neck.

While it will mean the disappointment of one of the world’s top players not being present and
the biggest tournament in football, it has set up an intriguing battle.

It got GMS thinking about other individual match-ups around Europe’s top leagues and which
of these are the most mouth-watering prospects.

As is ever the case, we picked out five of them. Click on to see who they are…

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