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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could play together in All-Star game

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could play in the same team if new plans to host a European All-Star game come to fruition, according to reports in Spain.

The two best players in the game would represent a 'South Europe' side in a proposal put forward to UEFA by a marketing company who want to replicate the success of the NBA All-Star game.

Claims

According to a report in El Mundo Deportivo, Messi and Ronaldo, who represent Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, would line up alongside stars from Itay's Serie A and France's Ligue 1. They would face off against the best on offer from the Premier League, the Bundesliga and Russia's Premier League.

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The players would be chosen through an online poll, and throws up the prospect of Messi and Neymar teaming up alongside Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero hoping to stop them.

All-Star cast

Ronaldo and Messi could also be joined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain and Paul Pogba from Juventus. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Angel di Maria would likely be on the other side of the field.

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The game would likely meet opposition from clubs from Europe's biggest leagues, who have already come in for criticism for organising post-season tours at the end of the current campaign.

Messi meanwhile has been reflecting on what he called a 'difficult year' with Barcelona, saying he is now back to his best. The Argentinian ace is on course to wrestle his Ballon d'Or title back from Cristiano Ronaldo with Barcelona top of La Liga and still in contention for the Champions League.

Allegations

Messi was forced to contend with allegations of tax avoidance while Barcelona failed to perform on the field last season. 

"The truth is that I began the season in another way after everything that had happened to me last year,” said the forward.

“I spent a lot of time away from the pitch [injured] and when I returned I wasn’t in great form. I have tried to forget what I experienced, though, and recover my best version and now I feel really good.”

Opinion

The idea may appeal to some fans, but an All-Star game is highly unlikely to happen any time soon. The difficulties in trying to get such a game to go ahead when club's pay their stars a vast amount of money and want them resting up when they aren't playing mean that it could never happen.

The idea of Messi and Ronaldo together is a tantalising one though - would they create the perfect pairing or would they be selfish and refuse to pass? Sadly we will never know.

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