Arguably the biggest football match in world football took place at Camp Nou on Saturday, as La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

The game pitted the two best players on the planet against one another, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo clashed in the highly anticipated encounter.

As can be seen above, the Ballon d’Or hopefuls saluted each other before the game in the tunnel, but their handshake was very cold and brief.

Compared to other players on opposite sides that embraced one another and held conversations, Messi walked down the stairs and was momentarily confronted by Ronaldo for a fleeting moment of recognition.

The duo both have a major claim to be crowned the world’s best player at next month’s Ballon d’Or awards, with the pair having excellent years respectively.

The level of personal rivalry between the two stars is clearly still there, with the cold natural of their embrace evident of their ongoing perennial battle.


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