Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have one of the most publicized rivalries in soccer history. Anytime they are spotted together, whether they are on the field or at an awards ceremony, photographers go out of their way to capture a snapshot of the pair.
That is exactly what a photographer did on Thursday at the draw for the 2015/2016 Champions League group stages; But, little did the photographer know that he or she would be capturing a sensational photo of the Barcelona forward photo-bombing his Real Madrid counterpart.
You can check out the fantastic picture of these two award-winning soccer players via Twitter.
Lionel Messi with the photobomb on Cristiano Ronaldo. Quality. pic.twitter.com/O00GVtMrMU
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) August 27, 2015
The photo-bombing between the pair wasn’t quite finished with one photo. After Lionel Messi was presented with the UEFA Award for Best Player by UEFA president Michele Platini at the same ceremony, Ronaldo couldn’t help sneaking to do his own photo-bomb on the Argentinian forward.
— NDTV Sports (@Sports_NDTV) August 28, 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are widely regarded as two of the greatest soccer players to ever play the game. Presently, it’s undisputed that they are currently the best soccer stars in the world, which is why, since 2008, they’ve won the Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the Year award for seven consecutive years. Messi won the gong in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, while Ronaldo claimed it in 2008, 2013 and 2014.
After being crowned UEFA’s Best Player for last season, which is unsurprising as he led Barcelona to the treble by claiming La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and the Champions League, Messi put recent rumors to rest by stating he would not be retiring from the national side.
Messi explained, via ESPN FC, “I never said that I wasn’t going to play any longer with the national team. More than how they killed me [media], they weren’t going to kill me any more. I am used to them saying these types of things. Now we have friendlies and as long as the coach calls me up I am going to continue to be present.”
Messi and Ronaldo both failed to score in their opening round of La Liga matches last week for Barcelona and Real Madrid, but fans can expect them to add to their ridiculously impressive goal-scoring tallies at some point in the very near future. In fact, knowing them, it will probably be this weekend.
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