Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are undeniably soccer’s two biggest stars. For many fans of the beautiful game, there’s no compromise you’re either Team Messi or Team Ronaldo; simply acknowledging both of them as otherworldly talents who are blessings to spectators everywhere is all but impossible. Messi warmly greets the boy with a pat on the head and asks him how he’s doing, according to a translation from La Marca.
That context is what makes the YouTube video embedded above so ever-loving awesome. It comes from Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala, an annual fête thrown by soccer’s odious governing body FIFA to honor the year’s best players, goals, coaches and more.
When Brazil looks to win its sixth World Cup on its home soil this summer, it’ll do so in the utmost style. The yellow and blue numbers above stick close to the blueprint for the seleção’s respective home and away kits. Meanwhile, the dark green alternate jersey provides a nice change of pace, right down those subtly striped shorts. To mix our sports metaphors, Brazil (with some help from Nike) knocks it out of the park. Final score: 10/10
Another excellent study in contrasts. Portugal’s red home kit is all fire and strength, while the away kit features a clean blue and white look. The Portuguese Football Federation’s excellent patch, meanwhile, is a welcome addition to any shirt. Final score: 9.5/10
Argentina’s vertically striped home kits are among the most iconic in soccer. Adidas does good job of not messing with tradition here, while the albiceleste’s darker away duds look sharp too. Final score: 9.1/10
Those checkers! We have a feeling you’ll either love or hate Croatia’s unique national team kits, but we are definitely in the pro-check camp. The red and white checks look even better when used as trim on Croatia’s blue away shirts. Final score: 8/10
When Nike unveiled the multi-colored USA away kits this spring, many snarkily denigrated them for looking like a summer popsicle. We think they look mighty fine — but those home white jerseys look too much like something you’d see at a Florida retirement village. Final score: 7/10 Read more…