After appearing in a photo shoot together, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo set the internet on fire.

For almost 15 years, these two football giants have set the standard for excellence and elevated the game to new heights.

One of the greatest rivalries in sports history, Messi and Ronaldo have combined for 12 Ballon d’Ors and have pushed each other to the pinnacle of their respective fields.

Fans were astonished to see an image of the two together on Saturday night, despite their relationship being one of mutual respect rather than friendship.

Photograph of Messi and Ronaldo playing chess on a Louis Vuitton suitcase was posted to Instagram by both players.

Both of them captioned the post: “Victory is a State of Mind. A long tradition of crafting trunks photographed by @annieleibovitz for @louisvuitton.”

Within 30 minutes after being posted, the image had amassed over 10 million likes between both postings, making it one of Instagram’s most famous images. The stunning photo and its potential historical significance left fans in awe.

Ronaldo sat next to Messi during the Champions League draw a few years ago and expressed his desire that one day the two would share a meal.

In his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Ronaldo talked about his relationship and had nothing but good things to say about the 35-year-old.

He said: “He is an amazing player. As a person, we shared the stage for 16 years.  So, I have a great relationship with him. I’m not a friend of his in terms of, what I mean friend is the guy who was with you in your house, speaking on the phone, no, but it’s like a teammate.

“He’s a guy that I really respect the way he always speaks about me. What am I going to say about Messi? A great guy who does great things for football.”

Ronaldo also made a joke about how many jerseys would be sold if the two of them ever played on the same team.

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