World Cup sidelines


Sir, – The relative merits of Messi and Ronaldo will probably be compared forever in pubs and clubs. Nonetheless the debate is surely over as to who is the better in terms of one crucial challenge for the modern sports star. For coping psychologically with embarrassing tax revelations, Ronaldo is surely without peer. – Yours, etc,


Kinsale, Co Cork.

Sir, – I don’t know about you, but I am delighted to see England get off to a winning start in the World Cup. It would be ideal, in this final year of its victorious Brexit demands, to bring home the Jules Rimet Trophy as well. Go mainland, go! – Yours, etc,



Co Cork.