Boris Becker has told GiveMeSport that he's proud of the way Germany are playing at the World Cup - but fancies Lionel Messi to inspire Argentina and go all the way at the World Cup.
In an interview at the famous Wimbledon Village ahead of Germany's crunch match against Algeria tonight, Becker expressed how exciting the World Cup has been in 2014, with the world's best players not letting the watching public down.
“It’s been a great World Cup, some of the best matches I’ve seen in a long time at the World Cup," Becker told GiveMeSport.
“The top players score, Neymar, Messi, Müller, even Ronaldo scored in the last match. You get the best players performing at the highest level."
The three-time former Wimbledon champion, who is an avid Bayern Munich and Germany supporter - and who used to be on the board of the Bundesliga giants - claims he has been impressed with his nation's performances so far, but struggles to see any European team going the distance - mainly due to the climate.
South American advantage
Despite his loyalty, 46-year-old Becker has picked out Argentina as his choice to be crowned champions for a third time, but admits that it's a wide open tournament and that Brazil can't be ruled out.
“Obviously, being German and supporting the national team for years, I support it very much and I’m just very proud of the way they handle themselves and how modern they play," Becker continued.
“I find it difficult to see a non-South American team to win the title there, actually. I just think the climate and being away from home for so long and so forth, it’s more difficult for a European team than it is for a South American team.
"In my eyes at the moment, the best one is Argentina. They are the most dangerous with Messi, but who knows. Maybe Neymar and the Brazilian team find their magic when they need it most. It’s the knockout stage and that counts. Really anything can happen."
With Wimbledon well under way and with huge amounts of pressure on the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Becker highlighted the similarities between both tennis's and football's most illustrious tournaments.
He concluded: “It's a bit like with a Grand Slam, the knockout phases are like another tournament and it all starts now.”
As ever, Germany, who play Algeria in the last 16 in Porto Alegre, are still strong contenders to go far in Brazil as they search for their first World Cup triumph since 1990. They came close as recently as 2002, losing 2-0 to Brazil in the final.
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