Lionel Messi’s Surprise Reaction to Fan’s Cristiano Ronaldo Shirt
Lionel Messi exhibited an irreplaceable reaction when a youthful admirer endeavored to bestow upon him a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey. Their epic rivalry has endured for more than 15 years, a period during which they collectively garnered a remarkable 12 Ballon d’Or accolades. Currently, these two football legends ply their trade on different continents, with Messi representing Inter Miami in Major League Soccer, following his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, and Ronaldo finding himself in Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, where he currently leads the goal-scoring charts after a remarkable brace in his last outing.
Despite the geographical separation, passionate football fans persist in the unending debate regarding who stands superior. This fervor reached its peak when a devoted supporter boldly thrust a Ronaldo Al Nassr jersey into Messi’s presence, inducing a profoundly astonished reaction from the 36-year-old maestro.
Messi, the illustrious Argentine footballer, stands as the prime contender for his eighth Ballon d’Or accolade, a distinction set to be announced on Monday. His claim to this honor has been reinforced by his instrumental role in securing World Cup glory for his homeland in Qatar. Addressing the matter on CBS Sports, Thierry Henry unequivocally asserted that Messi’s claim to the award was irrefutable, notwithstanding the exceptional brilliance displayed by Erling Haaland during the preceding season.
Lionel Messi got triggered by a young fan and refused to take a picture with him just because he was holding a Cristiano Ronaldo shirt.
Time and time again we get to see how the media’s favourite PR boy is not humble at all. pic.twitter.com/zmCTWGsiDf
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) October 29, 2023
Henry expounded: “Many may engage in debate, but in my view, winning the World Cup, especially in the manner he did, commands our recognition, even though certain may wish to scrutinize the final’s conclusion. As a Frenchman, I admit to some disappointment regarding the final’s outcome, but it is indefensible to deny Messi’s worthiness of the accolade if he secures it.”
The former Arsenal striker further remarked: “Numerous contenders, such as Manchester City players, Haaland, and others, may assert, ‘Why not me?’ Nevertheless, it would be untenable to question the propriety of his victory should he emerge as the recipient. There have been instances in history, like Robert Lewandowski’s, where the Ballon d’Or was inexplicably withheld, despite a conspicuous footballing excellence. This raises legitimate questions about the criteria used for this prestigious award.”