Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fans have been at loggerheads over the past decade, trying to one up the other party constantly as their heroes racked up the personal accolades and trophies.
For a change, it was nice to see them on the same page as a tribute video about the two players went viral on Twitter, with fans of both men coming together and appreciating their collective greatness.
Dad? Who is Cristiano Ronaldo & who is Lionel Messi?— ¹³ (@ScofieldRM) February 10, 2020
Sit down son, I am gonna tell you the most beautiful story. pic.twitter.com/0sSevYO8DY
On a personal level though, the competitive rivalry between the two men seems to be well and truly alive.
Ever since Lionel Messi picked up his sixth Ballon d'Or in December of 2019 - one more than Ronaldo's five - the Juventus star has been on an absolute goalscoring tear.
The Portuguese sensation broke a Juventus goalscoring record by scoring in his tenth consecutive Serie A game with a superb effort against Verona and has notched up 10 goals in just 6 league games this calendar year.
Lionel Messi on the other hand, created a unique piece of history of his own as he recorded a hattrick of assists in Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Betis earlier in the week.
For a moment though, it was satisfying to watch the fans of both men come together and celebrate an era that has seen two remarkable talents like Ronaldo and Messi spur each other onto greatness.
Me 50 years from now telling my grand kids about Messi and Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/XdOWMjYDa7— Mr. Man (@Lukman_nas) February 11, 2020
The GOAT debate ends here.— JD (@the_viperrr) February 11, 2020
We have two players at number 1.
Neymar is number 2.
This is really beautiful 💙❤❤❤❤ God bless MESSI & CRISTIANO— Grace Timon✊🏿 (@graceeTimon) February 11, 2020
The real gods of the pitch,— Amusa (@dDr_tolu) February 11, 2020
You can’t hate these two,
You can only hate their fans for being very annoying.
Tears in my eyes😭, greatness, simply greatness pic.twitter.com/6j37rzPK42— Mighty Wiglaf (@KvngLerry) February 11, 2020
Freakin goosebumps..🐐🐐's Two of the greatest in the history of Football... I don't even know how to handle when they both retire😭— Maria (@_e6n11) February 11, 2020
Respect to the greatest ever. These two make football a joy to watch— olorunFemi (@Originalfemo) February 11, 2020
Tears in my eyes. So glad this 2 played in my generation.😭— E L V I S (@pheenum) February 11, 2020
This gave me goosebumps, i still have goosebumps. We've been belittling these two for sometime now. They're both irreplaceable. Legends!— Oga McCoy 🇳🇬 (@mccoyinnocent) February 11, 2020
Greatest ever Rivalry. Two players who have taken the game to a new level. So good, so unique, so different characters and players. Two legends of the game that have been at the top for 13 years almost. Wow— Aginho (@Aginho10) February 11, 2020
I wish to see more clips like this about Ronaldo and Messi, non of these two guys deserved to be mocked because of preference, we would always have our favorites, but don't ridicule the other guy, these guys had contributed too much to be disrespected.— Olasupo (@ollasupo) February 11, 2020