Despite being the two frontrunners for GOAT (great of all-time) status, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s playing styles are so different that a clear dividing line is drawn between their fans, detractors and critics, according to Givemesport.
So, it’s only natural that Messi sometimes shows flashes of Ronaldo and vice versa, which has been proven in a fascinating recent video by YouTuber ‘Magic Messi‘.
If you’re thinking that usernames lend itself to bias then, yes, you’re right, but this 10-minute compilation credits both players in the way Messi channelled his inner Ronaldo.
That’s because the video shows Messi’s individual highlights from the second leg of the 2016 Supercopa de España, which Barcelona won 3-0 (5-0) over Sevilla at Camp Nou.
Arda Turn, of all players, scored a brace during the win, but the title of the video will tell you about the other goal-scorer: “The Day He Played Like Lionel Messi But Scored Like Cristiano Ronaldo”
That’s right, Messi dropped a performance typical of his own brilliance, only to pop up with a goal you would usually associate with his bitter rival.
You can watch the full highlights down below and skip to 9:14 to see the goal in question: