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The 12 Lucky Players To Have Played With Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo

The 12 Lucky Players To Have Played With Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo

Playing with one of the all-time greats is one thing but playing with two is absolutely next level - and only 12 players in history have been blessed to play in the same team as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Sportsman put together the following 'dream list' across the Portugal and Argentina national sides, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus of those who have had the pleasure and privilege of playing alongside the pair of legends.


Fernando Gago

Played with Ronaldo for three years at Real Madrid as well as Messi for the Argentina national team.

Gabriel Heinze

Was Ronaldo's teammate for three years at Manchester United and Messi's colleague for La Albiceleste.


Gerard Pique

Spent the first part of his career at United with Ronaldo as he was on the ascend to his first Ballon d'Or win and has been up and close and personal to see all six of Messi's prizes.

Andre Gomes

A slightly left-field member of the club, Gomes is captained by Ronaldo for Portugal and spent two years as Messi's teammate at Barcelona.

Angel Di Maria

Linked up superbly with Ronaldo at Real Madrid, winning the 2014 Champions League. Closing in on 100 caps for Argentina after making his national team bow two years after Messi.

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Image: PA

Carlos Tevez

Ripped it up in the Premier League alongside Ronaldo and reached two Copa America finals for Argentina playing with Messi.

Paulo Dybala

Has spent four years in Messi's company in international football, in addition to a season-and-a-half with Ronaldo at Juventus.

Gonzalo Higuain

He too played in the same frontline as the two titans of world football and is a current teammate of the duo, having been kept on by Juve this season.

Henrik Larsson

Predominantly associated with Celtic, Larsson won the Champions League alongside a young Messi in 2006 and then the Premier League with Ronaldo after playing 13 games on loan at Manchester United a year later.

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Image: PA

Nelson Semedo

Has won back-to-back La Liga titles in the same Barcelona side as Messi and lifted the UEFA Nations League with Ronaldo this summer.

Ezequiel Garay

Played two seasons with Ronaldo in Madrid and made his Argentina debut in 2007 before going on to play in a World Cup final with Messi seven years later.


Teamed up with Messi in his early days at Barcelona and represented Portugal alongside Ronaldo.

Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or, Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.


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