Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo try to break the internet on the eve of the World Cup as Barcelona and Real Madrid legends team up for a game of chess in Louis Vuitton ad
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may have broken the internet on the eve of the World Cup, but luckily they are fully dressed.
Unlike social media superstar Kim Kardashian’s 2014 post, the pair of all-time sports greats kept things a little more reserved, but still set the world on fire online.
Posing for Louis Vuitton, the Argentinian and Portuguese legends reunited in a rare photoshoot that drove football fans wild.
Currently at Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, Messi and Ronaldo staged one of Spain’s greatest sporting rivalries of all time with Barcelona and Real Madrid, winning nine Champions League titles and 12 Ballon d’Ors. between them.
It was rare, however, that the two were ever in the same frame together as they both stood around the penalty area opposite each other, meaning the only real photo opportunities were during price discounts.
Now, however, French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has managed to get them on camera as they posed for a game of chess ahead of the World Cup.
Whether they were together or edited in the same image remains to be seen, but portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz receiving credit for the snap suggests the two posed together.
The two superstars captioned their social posts: “Winning is a state of mind.” A long tradition of making trunks”.
And that might just blow all the Kardashians out of the water, with Ronaldo and Messi the first and second most followed people on Instagram with a combined 870 million followers at the time of writing.
The two all-time greats are now in Doha ahead of the Qatar World Cup, taking what is almost certainly their last shot at the grand prix.
Portugal and Argentina both won their continental prizes under the legendary duo’s captaincies, but it would certainly be a game of chess for the ages if they meet in this year’s final.
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