Messi and Ronaldo battle over boots as well as Ballon d'Or

World's two best footballers launch new boots for Adidas and Nike

LAST UPDATED AT 12:15 ON Wed 7 Nov 2012

THE two best footballers on the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are already battling it out for the Ballon d'Or and are now set to go up against each other on another front, as they launch new branded football boots within weeks of each other.

Barcelona genius Lionel Messi will don the latest version of his Adidas adizero f50 boots for the first time against Celtic tonight in Glasgow.

He wore special boots at the weekend bearing the name of his newborn son Thiago, but will run out at Celtic Park in a new luminous yellow version of his usual Adidas boots.

But, as usual, Ronaldo is right behind Messi and as the Daily Mail reports that he has launched a special edition of his own Nike manufactured Mercurial Vapor VIII CR boots.

"In contrast to their perceived characters the Argentine's [boots] are more garish," says the paper. "But flip over the Nike boots and you find a neon pink base - that's more like the Ronaldo we know."

Earlier this week Real Madrid star Ronaldo revealed that he was getting bored of the constant comparisons with Messi, who plays for his club's arch rivals. One of them is expected to win the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player in January.

But Ronaldo told France Football magazine that the rivalry had been stirred up by the media. "The truth is I'm a little tired of it. It's a little heavy but I'm used to it. I don't like to compare myself with others," he said, according to The Guardian.

He added that there were other players on the shortlist who could win the award, but he added in characteristic fashion that if he could, he would vote for himself.

Messi, who has won the award for the past two seasons, said he would vote for his Barcelona team mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta, as well as one of his international colleagues Sergio Aguero or Angel di Maria. · 

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