Arriving to Brazil on Saturday and in his first public comments since announcing on SI.com his decision to return to Cleveland this season, LeBron James took time to talk about the World Cup Final scheduled for Sunday between Germany and Argentina. James was speaking Saturday night during an appearance at Nike's "Casa Phenomenal."
James, who on Friday penned an essay on SI.com saying he's decided to leave the Heat to return to the Cavaliers, said Germany has the "better overall team," but that Argentina has one of the "best players in the world -- if not the best" in Lionel Messi. The four-time NBA MVP stopped short of making a prediction for who will win Sunday's final, saying simply that he hope's the match is a "great one." James' interest in soccer had extended beyond fandom when he became a minority shareholder of Liverpool FC in 2011.
Earlier on Saturday, it was reported that James' deal with Cleveland is for two-years and $42.1 million, with an opt-out after this season that will allow him to test free agency again. Also on Saturday, Netherlands defeated Brazil 3-0 for third place in the tournament.
- Marc Weinreich