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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo played off the field in a photo from a Louis Vuitton campaign that has since gone viral.

Ronaldo and Messi dominated the internet on Saturday with a photo of the two iconic players in an advertisement for the French luxury fashion house and company Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton appears to have accomplished the impossible by bringing the two football legends together to play a quiet classic board game off the field.

The campaign image showed the two stars playing chess on top of a Louis Vuitton suitcase, with the signature squares serving as spaces for their pieces.

The photo has received over 50 million likes on their official Instagram accounts, sparking a debate about who is the greatest football player of all time.

“Victory is a State of Mind,” Louis Vuitton said in a message accompanying the photo on its verified Instagram page. A long tradition of crafting trunks photographed by @annieleibovitz for @louisvuitton.

 

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“In addition to a long tradition of crafting trunks for the world’s most coveted sporting trophies, the Maison celebrates two of the most talented football players today,” it added.

Remember that Ronaldo and Messi have been rivals in the global football scene for decades. The Argentine finished second to Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or award in 2008.

The two superstars met in the Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona in Rome the following year.

Following Messi’s victory, Ronaldo joined Barcelona’s archrivals Real Madrid, renewing their rivalry with key attraction to football games and keenly-contested El-Clasico games.

The decision by Louis Vuitton to pair Ronaldo and Messi for an advertisement is innovative, sparking curiosity and debate about why the football stars were paired in a game of chess.

Meanwhile, according to multiple sources, the chess position used in the photo of Ronaldo and Messi was inspired by Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura’s 2017 draw.

Ronaldo and Messi have yet to meet in a Champions League or World Cup final since the battle in Rome between Manchester United and Barcelona.

Several predictions predict that if Portugal and Argentina finish first and second in their respective groups, they will meet on the world’s biggest football stage.

A day before the start of the much-anticipated Qatar 2022 World Cup, Ronaldo and Messi chose to post a photo of themselves working with Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton bag
Louis Vuitton bag

The Louis Vuitton bag that holds the chess pieces is a replica of the one used to present the World Cup trophy in Russia during the 2018 edition.

The Louis Vuitton bag was used to present the World Cup trophy in Russia during the 2018 edition.

It is now being suggested that the bag represents holding the trophy, while the chess board depicts Ronaldo and Messi making moves for their respective teams to advance to the final.

After a 5-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates, Messi will lead Argentina against Saudi Arabia in their first group game on Tuesday, November 22.

This comes after Ronaldo and Portugal defeated Nigeria’s Super Eagles 4-0 and will kick off their campaign against Ghana on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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