Messi and Ronaldo play chess in the Louis Vutton campaign (and the position is real)

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two biggest football (soccer) stars, play chess in Louis Vutton’s latest campaign, launched on Saturday. Chess fans quickly discovered that the position on the board is from a real game.

“Victory is a state of mind,” writes Louis Vutton next to the photo, in which Messi and Ronaldo play chess in a checkered Louis Vuitton suitcase. The image, which was taken by legendary celebrity portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, was posted on the Messi, Ronaldo and Louis Vutton channels. It is already among the most liked Instagram posts.

Adds Louis Vutton: “In addition to a long tradition of crafting trunks for the world’s most coveted sporting trophies, the House pays tribute to two of today’s most talented soccer players.” The photo was published a day before the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which is likely to be the last world cup for both superstars.

It turns out that the position on the board is not random, on the contrary. Ronaldo and Messi look for a position from the Carlsen-Nakamura game, Norway Chess 2017. It was GM Magnus Carlsen’s second GM, Peter Heine Nielsen, who first pointed that out on Twitter, and Carlsen later commented on that tweet and photo: “The second greatest rivalry of our time imitating the greatest.”

After the sixth round of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour in San Francisco, Carlsen commented on the Louis Vutton photo: “The original is from my game with Nakamura at Norway Chess 2017, a very tumultuous event for me. I ended up with less one, and at various points during the tournament, he was in danger of falling to number two or three or even four in the world. It was tough!”

Asked if the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is comparable to the Carlsen-Nakamura rivalry, the world champion said: “Not really, but he’s good at a lot of the things I’m good at, for sure. Not the worst comparison. in the world.”

Meanwhile, a behind-the-scenes video of the session has surfaced where we can see Messi and Ronaldo posing for the photo while being interviewed about the upcoming World Cup:

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