- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have faced each other in a total of 35 matches with the Argentine having more wins
- While several footballers have swapped shirts with their opponents, Messi and Ronaldo are yet to exchange such pleasantries
- Messi has flaunted his collection of shirts as he posed alongside his son - the jerseys were in the background, but that of CR7 was missing
Messi, alongside his son Thiago, posed with shirts he had swapped with other players during the course of his career with Spanish club Barcelona.
Among the number of shirts flaunted by the Argentine legend include that of his friend Luis Suared and that of former midfield partner at Barcelona and Ivorian legend Yaya Toure.
Shirts of respected footballers including Gerard Pique, Lanzini, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito, Angel di Maria and a host of others were well hung behind the superstar in the photo.
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However that of his fiercest rival Cristiano Ronaldo was conspicuously missing as fans make frantic effort searching for Ronaldo’s short in futility.
Messi and Ronaldo played against each other 35 times in all competitions for club and country.
While the former Barcelona captain holds the edge with 16 wins, Ronaldo has won 10 times. Messi has 22 goals and 12 assists to Ronaldo's 19 goals and one assist.
Messi told Argentine TV channel TyC Sports via SPORTbible:
"I don't ask for shirts, I usually swap them, but I asked Zidane once.
"If there is an Argentine I swap it with him, but, unless someone asks me, I'm not asking anyone."
Messi returns to Spain
However, Lionel Messi is back in Barcelona for a short break after being left out of the PSG squad that defeated Brest 4-2 in their Ligue 1 clash on Friday night.
The 34-year-old joined the Parisians for free this transfer window on a two-year deal and has since then been waiting to make his debut for them.
Although some quarters believe be eased into the team gradually after failing to partake in their preseason preparations owing to an elongated summer holiday.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has now decided to return to his exotic mansion in Castelldefels just two weeks after moving to France for a fresh start in his career.
Messi set to make PSG debut
Legit.ng earlier reported that ahead of their season opener against Strasbourg, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has disclosed that new signing Lionel Messi will be allowed to be fully fit before making his debut.
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Football fans across the French capital are already anticipating Messi’s debut as the Parisians host Strasbourg in their 2021-22 season opener.
Pochettino however stated that Messi would be presented to the fans at halftime of the encounter, but will not be in action.