Not every player can boast of playing in the same team with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Infact only 12 players have this bragging right in the history of football.
Two out of these 12 can claim to have played in the same club with Ronaldo and Messi.
In this list put together by Sportsman and cited by Legit.ng, here is a list of 12 players who have played alongside Ronaldo and Messi.
1. Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique is one of the two players to have played in the same club with Ronaldo and Messi.
The Spaniard joined Man United in 2004 where he spent four years and played alongside Ronaldo before making a return to Barcelona where he currently plays alongside Messi.
2. Henrik Larsson
Sweden legend Henrik Larsson is the second player to have played alongside Ronaldo and Messi at club level.
He won the Champions League alongside Messi in 2006 and then the Premier League with Ronaldo when he was on loan at Manchester United in 2007.
3. Fernando Gago
Argentine defensive midfielder Gago played with Ronaldo for three years at Real Madrid where he won two La Liga titles.
He also played with Messi in the Argentina national team.
4. Angel Di Maria
Di Maria spent four years playing alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid winning the 2014 Champions League.
He presently has over 100 caps for Argentina and has played severally with Messi for the national team.
5. Gabriel Heinze
Argentine legend Gabriel Heinze was Ronaldo's teammate for three years at Manchester United where they won one Premier League title together.
He also played at Real Madrid winning one La Liga title but left the club before Ronaldo joined.
Heinze played alongside Messi for the Argentine national team before his retirement.
Deco played with Messi in his early days at Barcelona as they won two La Liga titles and one Champions League trophy together.
He also represented Portugal playing alongside Ronaldo.
7. Andre Gomes
Everton star Andre Gomes plays alongside his captain Ronaldo for Portugal.
He spent two years as Messi's teammate at Barcelona before joining the Toffees.
8. Carlos Tevez
Tevez played in Man United for two years alongside Ronaldo as they won the Premier League back-to-back and the Champions League in 2008.
He also reached two Copa America finals for Argentina playing with Messi but never won the trophy.
9. Paulo Dybala
Dybala is presently Ronaldo’s teammate at Juventus as they won the league together last season.
The Argentine has spent four years playing alongside Messi for Argentina.
10. Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain is also a current teammate of Ronaldo at Juventus as they link up together in the attack.
He also played with Messi for Argentina before quitting international football.
11. Nelson Semedo
Semedo won the UEFA Nations League with Ronaldo and Portugal last year.
The Barcelona star has also won back-to-back La Liga titles playing alongside Messi for the Catalans.
12. Ezequiel Garay
Now in Valencia, Ezequiel Garay played two seasons with Ronaldo in Real Madrid and won the Copa del Rey with the Portuguese in 2011.
Garay made his Argentina debut in 2007 before going on to play in a World Cup final with Messi in 2014 where they lost to Germany.
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Messi, 32, is often described as the greatest footie to ever grace the football sphere but his rivalry with Ronaldo has always seen the debate deflated as a section of football world believes the Ronaldo is a few steps above him.
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