Two men have ruled the football pitch for the last 10 years and will probably go down in history as the best players ever to play the game.
And luckily for fans, we got to see them in action against each other multiple times. The El Clasicos from 2009 to 2019, for a decade were bigger than usual. And the only reason was everybody on the planet tuned in to watch Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo in action.
There rivalry dissescted the world into two much more than the earth being flat vs earth being round debate. The two rival groups threw records and goals at each other as neither beast stopped prowling.
So what did the superstars make of each other’s rivalry?
Here is CR7 on record for you:
“I really admire the career he has had so far,” he told RMC Sport. “He has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates.
“It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception. Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula One.
“The only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy.”