If you're digging in for the month-long football feast of World Cup action - and let's face it who isn't - then the new issue of Australian FourFourTwo Football is a key part of your survival kit!
Superstar Lionel Messi is on the cover of our bumper issue and in our exclusive interview the Argentine wizard reveals he's "100 per cent" gunning for World Cup glory.
Arguably the greatest footballer of his generation, the free-scoring Barcelona man is favourite to pick up this year’s golden boot, the first Argentine to do so since Mario Kempes in 1978 on home soil.
But that’s not the award he’s after.
The 'Flea' reveals to FourFourTwo that he’s looking to make amends for his previous flops in national colours and would be more than willing to give up his four Ballon d’Ors for a chance to caress that famed World Cup trophy.
Messi’s desire, to taste glory is Rio de Jainero poses the question: does he have it in him to emulate Diego Maradona of 1986? We uncover the uncanny similarities between two of the game's greatest.
Plus there is a one-on-one with Italy's legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
We also take a look at the perplexing question of of one-man teams - can Cristiano Ronaldo really drag Portugal to the summit of world football?
Messi’s arch nemesis - and Ballon d’Or winner - Ronaldo certainly believes Portugal can win the World Cup. But to do that, they’ll need to get the best out of CR7 himself. Luckily, FourFourTwo has come up with a one-man team tutorial: what Portugal can do to bring Ronaldo alive, based on other teams built around a single superstar.
Get your Aussie fix from our special feature on Roos for Rio and the young guns set to make a name for themselves in Brazil. We catch up with Mat Ryan, Jason Davidson,and Adam Taggart who are among a plethora of future stars attempting to defy the odds against the world’s best.
As well, we take a close look at their Group B heavyweight combatants - Spain, Netherlands and Chile - and ask their stars what they really think of the Socceroos.
With the fixture list for the A-League's 2014-15 season revealed FourFourTwo reflects on the season past- the high points, dramas, axings and signings that made it one of the best seasons ever.
And there's much more including the Top 10 moments in Australian football as well as a revealing interview with the star of reigning champions Brisbane Roar, Thomas Broich.
Make sure you get your copy now - available in print and on iPad.