We’ve all seen the advert. Two of soccer’s best gamers – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — enjoying chess in luxurious model Louis Vuitton’s newest marketing campaign. Naturally, chess aficionados had been making an attempt to decipher who was in a greater place, very like soccer followers have been debating for greater than a decade.
It quickly got here to gentle that the place on the board is definitely from an actual sport! Ronaldo and Messi are a place from the sport between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura which occurred on the Norway Chess event again in 2017. It was not likely a contented event for World Champion Carlsen as he was prone to dropping to No. 2 or No. 3 on the planet.
It was Carlsen’s second GM Peter Heine Nielsen who first pointed that out on Twitter, after which Carlsen commented on that tweet and the photograph: “Second best rivalry of our time mimicking the best.”
Second best rivalry of our time mimicking the best https://t.co/9ncVVgUnzs
— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) November 19, 2022
The photograph, which went with the caption “Victory is a State of Thoughts”, is already among the many most-liked Instagram posts. The image, which was shot by the legendary movie star portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, reveals Messi and Ronaldo are enjoying chess on a checkered Louis Vuitton suitcase. It was posted on Messi’s, Ronaldo’s, and Louis Vuitton’s channels.
Victory is a State of Thoughts. @Cristiano and #LionelMessi captured by @annieleibovitz for @LouisVuitton. Along with a protracted custom of crafting trunks for the world’s most coveted sporting trophies, the Maison celebrates two of essentially the most proficient soccer gamers as we speak. pic.twitter.com/AU9kPyI2wL
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 19, 2022
After the sixth spherical of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour in San Francisco, Carlsen was requested in regards to the Louis Vuitton photograph and right here’s what he mentioned, experiences Chess.com: “The unique is from my sport with Nakamura in Norway Chess 2017, a really tumultuous occasion for me. I ended up with minus one, and at a number of factors in the course of the event, I used to be in threat of dropping to quantity two or three and even 4 on the planet. It was robust!”.
Requested if the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is similar to the Carlsen-Nakamura rivalry, Carlsen mentioned: “Probably not, however he’s good at plenty of the stuff that I’m good at, for positive. It’s not the worst comparability on the planet.”
Watch the BTS video of the advert right here:
Making of the Messi-Cristiano photoshoot for Louis Vuitton.
(through @SaraFCBi) pic.twitter.com/uqVUb3ya3O
— David Llada ♞ (@davidllada) November 21, 2022