Soccer has been defined by the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for most of this century. Both have gone head to head against each other to become the Greatest Player of All Time and so have their fans who do not miss any opportunity to put their rival down. They played against each other for potentially the last time when PSG took on the Riyadh All-Star XI in Riyadh.
Both have dealt blows to each other in the past but the soccer world can only imagine how it would have been had they both played with each other rather than against each other. The duo never played side by side in a match but electronics brand Samsung fulfilled the fantasy of soccer fans when they lined up the duo alongside each other in the ‘Galaxy 11’.
The video of the commercial ad from years ago has gone viral and has evoked nostalgia among fans regards to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the fantasy ad, aliens are shown to have attacked Earth and a football match has to be played and won to save Earth. Franz Beckenbauer, the legendary German player, is charged with selecting and coaching the team.
Several stars of yesteryears like Wayne Rooney, Iker Casillas, Oscar, Radamel Falcao, etc. are selected by Beckenbauer to represent Earth alongside captain Messi and Ronaldo. Messi scores a brilliant solo goal for the ‘Galaxy 11’ while Ronaldo scores the match-winner to save humanity.
The ad was made as a promotion for Samsung mobile phone, Galaxy S5 but for the fans, it is much more than an ad as it is the only game where Messi and Ronaldo have played with each other even though it is fiction. The two could be seen talking to each other in the ad which the fans loved.
Fans react to seeing Messi and Ronaldo play alongside each other
Fans couldn’t stop talking about the game after the ad resurfaced again after several years and got viral. One of the fans believed that Messi and Ronaldo were playing against their own to save Earth. Such has been the consistency and the brilliance of the duo, that fans think they are not humans and rather aliens.
One fan commented, “Ronaldo and Messi playing against their own kind to save earth is incredible.”
A Messi fan joked about the ad and said that aliens haven’t come to attack the Earth but rather take back their own, Lionel Messi. Messi has showcased moments of brilliance over his career that has led fans to believe that he is something out of this world and maybe an alien.
They wrote, “People actually don’t know that aliens came to take Messi back to his planet”.
Apart from Cristiano and Messi, fans were also nostalgic about the other players one of whom was the legendary Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The Spanish World Cup winner was known for his reflexes and was considered among the best goalkeepers of his generation.
Another fan commented, “The only keeper I’ll trust to save my life”.
It seems that the fans cannot control their emotions after watching the ad where the stars of the past generation played together to save humanity. After all, the chance to see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the same screen, side by side, doesn’t come every day so the fans will relish each and every moment of it.
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