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“Picture of the century” as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo captured playing chess together ahead of 2022 World Cup (Photo)

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been captured playing chess against one another ahead of the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi just broke the internet after posing for a photoshoot together.

For more than 15 years, these two football titans have dominated the beautiful game and taken it to new heights.

The two players have won a combined 12 Ballons d’Or and have battled one another for one of sport’s most epic rivalries.

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There’s a mutual respect as opposed to a friendship but on Saturday night fans were shocked to see an image of the pair together posted online.

Both Messi and Ronaldo took to Instagram to share the snap, which sees the legendary duo playing chess on a Louis Vuitton briefcase.

The Argentine captioned the post: “Victory is a State of Mind. A long tradition of crafting trunks photographed by @annieleibovitz for @louisvuitton.”

The picture quickly went viral and may well go down as one of the most-liked posts in the history of Instagram after racking up more than 10 million likes across both posts in just over 30 minutes.

Thousands of fans were amazed by the surreal picture and how historic it is expected to be.

“Best. Photo. Ever.”

@Oforirrjata posted: “Picture of the century.”

@Jake_metro added: “Nothing much to see here… Just two goats playing chess.”

@patosarmi525 said: knowing messi, i don’t think he knows how to play chess

@UTDJR7 tweeted: The most iconic pic in history

@yanashah77 added: The perfect photo doesnt exist

A few years Messi and Ronaldo were sat next to one another at the Champions League draw and the latter said he was hopeful of them having dinner together one day.

In his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Ronaldo talked about his relationship and had nothing but good things to say about the 35-year old.

He said: “Amazing player is magic, top… As a person, we share the stage 16 years, imagine, 16 years. we share. So, I have great relationship with him.

I’m not friend of him in terms of, what I mean friend is the guy who was with you in your house, speaking on the phone, no, but it’s like a teammate.

“He’s a guy that I really respect the way he always speak about me. Even his wife or my wife, my girlfriend, they always respect and they’re from Argentina. My girlfriend is from Argentina. So good. What I am going to say about Messi? A great guy who does great things for football.”

Ronaldo also joked that they would sell a lot of shirts if they were to play in the same team one day.

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