Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi Showdown Proves Damp Squib in International Friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi failed to impress in Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina in a friendly at Old Trafford

Updated: November 19, 2014 11:58 IST
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Messi and Ronaldo faced-off against each other in the international friendly between Argentina and Portugal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's latest duel with Lionel Messi proved a damp squib as the two superstars played for just 45 minutes of Portugal's 1-0 friendly win over Argentina at Old Trafford on Tuesday. (Portugal earn last-gasp win vs Argentina)

The 27th meeting between Portugal winger Ronaldo and Argentina forward Messi had been billed as a golden opportunity for the world's two best players to underline their credentials for this year's Ballon D'or award. (Also read: Wayne Rooney becomes England's third-highest goal-scorer)

Between them, current holder Ronaldo and Messi have won the past six coveted Ballon D'Or contests, awarded to the player voted the world's best by managers, players and journalists.

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