The official Champions League account wished Lionel Messi a happy birthday on Saturday as he turned 30, but were probably not expecting a backlash on Twitter. Their caption asking if he is "the greatest" caused Cristiano Ronaldo fans to get involved, with them being quick to salute the Real Madrid attacker.
Some Barcelona and Messi fans said that there was no need for a question mark in the tweet, but these were outnumbered by irate Ronaldo fans who feel that the Portuguese is better than his great rival.
"You spelled Ronaldo wrong" was a common theme, with many fans posting Ronaldo gifs and pictures to show their support for the Portugal international
Happy 30th birthday Lionel Messi!— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 24, 2017
The greatest? pic.twitter.com/25hZnXscEf
you spelled ronaldo wrong— @macdaddytee) June 24, 2017
The greatest pic.twitter.com/dLGt4mBSOU— Yashay (@YashayM_) June 24, 2017
Best player...... after cristiano.....— Ali Mughal (@AliMughal_007) June 24, 2017
well after C.Ronald,Pele and Maradona— (@Swagberg) June 24, 2017
Messi has also been receiving numerous birthday messages from fellow players, teams and fans on social media.
Lionel Messi: from boy to boyish-looking man pic.twitter.com/k636GPv4MA— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 24, 2017
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) June 24, 2017
Happy Birthday, Lionel Messi! pic.twitter.com/JYisL2cuLr
Lionel Messi turns 30 years old today. Cristiano Ronaldo already reached that milestone 869 days ago. Competition.— Mr. Numbers (@Mister_Numbers) June 24, 2017
At just 30, Messi has set many records, as well as winning four Champions League titles, eight La Ligas and five Copa del Rey trophies.