Lionel Messi supporters hit back at their Cristiano Ronaldo counterparts after the Argentine scored his 69th international goal against Brazil.
Messi, representing Argentina for the first time since his three-month ban due to critical comments about the CONMEBOL, opened the scoring in the 13th minute.
The blockbuster South American clash, held in Saudi Arabia, delivered action from the offset with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus missing a penalty for Brazil.
Three minutes later, Messi had his spot-kick saved by Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson Becker but the Barcelona forward turned in the rebound.
As ever, Messi fans made the most of the goal which came one day after Ronaldo’s 55th career hat-trick, taking his international goals tally to 98.
Messi’s failure to win any international honour with Argentina has often been used against in the age-old Greatest of all Time (GOAT) discussion between him and Ronaldo.
And, typically, fan of both superstars thrashed out their differences in the aftermath of Messi’s fortuitous goal against Brazil.
“Messi’s rebound penalty is greater than every Ronaldo penalty. No debate required,” one on-looker facetiously tweeted.
“Messi misses a penalty, scores the rebound and is being praised yet ronaldo gets called penaldo for scoring penalties,” observed an aggrieved Ronaldo fan.
One Twitter user invited the GOAT debate, posting: “Ronaldo is Better than Messi if anyone would like to argue I’m free.”
One Messi supporter was holding out for a talismanic display from his idol, saying: “If Messi scores a brace or a hatrick i swear Ronaldo fan boys can’t contain us here.
“We don’t need International goal or International hattrick to proof Messi is three times Ronaldo,” tweeted another viewer.
A fairer football fan said: “Unpopular Opinion: Messi and Ronaldo both are unfortunate to born in the same era.”
And one social media user summarised the whole debate with: “This messi and ronaldo thing can never die.”