Over the past few decades, if there ever was an inevitable choice presented to any football fan it would surely be the Messi vs Ronaldo debate. The two GOATs of the beautiful game have formed one of the all-time greatest rivalries during their careers stretching all the way back to 2008 when the duo met in the Champions League final.
Since then, they have gone on to break all kinds of records associated with football, scored countless goals and have picked up a heap of awards, trophies and accolades.
Although the two players have acknowledged a competitive spirit between them during the peak of their careers, much of the rivalry narrative was formed around Messi and Ronaldo by the footballing community.
On one side, there was Team Messi supported by Adidas, FC Barcelona and Argentina. While on the other side of the divide was Team Ronaldo, with Nike, Real Madrid and Portugal.
In many ways, associating with one of them meant one had to take sides with even other brands and names and this battle was at its peak when the duo and their respective Spanish clubs dominated European football.
With both Messi and Ronaldo now very much past their primes, the intensity of this rivalry has somewhat reduced but it looks like it has not stopped fans and players from engaging in the famous debate even today.
Being an ardent fan of Bellingham, it looked to have been a dream come true for this fan to meet the player at the Signal Iduna Park in Germany and on this occasion, he chose to ask this famous question even during the short period with the BVB man.
The Englishman did not hesitate to name Messi as his pick which clearly was not the answer the fan was looking for as he went on to identify himself as a Ronaldo supporter when Bellingham asked him about his pick.
The Ronaldo fan went on to also shout the infamous “Siuuu” while joking with Bellingham. While this fan may not have gotten the expected answer from the Dortmund midfielder, the incident surely remains a testimony to the fact that the Messi-Ronaldo debate has an endless nature to it.
Even when the 7-time and 5-time Ballon d’Or winners look to be completely out of the race for this year’s award, their special rivalry remains relevant and will be safely preserved and continued by football fans worldwide.