France Football have given a fresh perspective on the ‘who is better’ debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – with a drawing of them kissing.
The cover of the magazine’s latest issue depicts the pair in a romantic embrace, asking readers: “Are you Messi or Ronaldo?”
The illustration first originated on the streets of Barcelona, where artist Tvboy painted it onto a bus shelter in the city in 2017.
France Football debate which player is superior inside the issue, concluding that five Ballon d’Ors apiece makes them inseparable – as in the drawing.
Tvboy’s original bears a clear resemblance to the iconic ‘kissing coppers’ Banksy creation.
That sketch on a pub wall in Brighton remains one of the enigmatic artist’s most famous murals, and sold for £350,000 in 2011.
Once again, the world will be watching as Messi and Ronaldo take to the pitch on Tuesday night in search of a place in the Champions League final-four.
Manchester United head to the Camp Nou for a match with Barcelona whereas Ronaldo’s Juventus host Ajax.
The score going to Turin is tied at 1-1 after the Dutch underdogs continued their impressive campaign with a draw in the first leg.
Should Ronaldo go all the way with Juve, it will be his sixth Champions League crown with three different clubs.
By comparison, Messi has four European titles to date.
Barcelona are the favourites for this year’s competition and the Argentine levelling up with Ronaldo will be just the latest way the pair are neck-and-neck.