Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's highlights from their first encounter in 2008

Messi & Ronaldo

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two half-decent players eh?

Never before have a pair of footballers dominated the beautiful game for a period of over 10 years and both are still going as strong as ever in their 30's.

Messi, 31, currently has 29 goals to his name with Barcelona, the most in Europe, while Ronaldo, 34, is already enjoying success at Juventus - the fourth major club of his career.

Both superstars have five Ballon d'Ors apiece and will surely go down as the two greatest to have ever graced the game.

Throughout their time in La Liga together, they had some pretty epic battles, with Messi's Barcelona outdoing Ronaldo's Real Madrid on the more occasions.

But the first time they met in 2008, Ronaldo was slightly ahead of his Argentine rival given the fact he had been on the scene for a few years longer.

The Portuguese arrived at the Camp Nou for the Champions League semi-final with Manchester United, with the Red Devils going on to win the competition - beating Chelsea in the final.

And a video of both Messi and Ronaldo's highlights from that game in Catalonia - which ended 0-0 - is interesting to watch nearly 11 years on.


Ronaldo was a constant threat throughout but did actually miss a penalty in the game.

It's always intriguing to see just how much the Portuguese has adapted his game in the last decade.

Back in 2008, it was his wing play and skills that set him apart from the rest and he collected the Ballon d'Or later that year.

As for Messi, he was his usual magical self, beating United players for fun and producing some impressive passes - unlike Ronaldo, not too much has changed in 11 years with Messi's game.

Messi & Ronaldo

Whether we get to see the two meet again on the pitch in a competitive setting is down to the Champions League.

Both Juve and Barca are predicted to make the latter rounds of the competition this season and if they're drawn against each other, another chapter will be entered into the book of this famous rivalry.

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