Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo first met on the field on November 23, 2005, in a match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United. The game was a group stage match in the UEFA Champions League, and it took place at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Messi was just 18 years old at the time and had only recently started playing regularly for Barcelona’s first team. Ronaldo, on the other hand, was 20 years old and already established as one of the best players in the world.
The match ended in a 0-0 draw, and both Messi and Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes. While neither player managed to score in the game, they both showed glimpses of the brilliance that would make them two of the greatest players of all time.
Despite the lack of goals, the game was still an important moment in the careers of both players. It marked the first time that they had faced each other on the field, and it was clear that they were both destined for greatness. Over the years, Messi and Ronaldo would go on to dominate the world of football, winning countless awards and breaking numerous records.