If you’re interested in the greatest soccer cards ever, it’s hard to do better than the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo card seen above. It’s found in the 2019-20 Topps Now UEFA Champions League collection.
It features two of the GOATs in world football, putting their rivalry aside for one night only back in 2019.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Topps Now UCL Messi/Ronaldo card, as we take an in-depth look at the rare collectible.
2019 Topps Now UCL Soccer #7 Messi/Ronaldo: Key Stats
Here are some key stats about the 2019-20 Topps Now UEFA Champions League collection, and the Messi/Ronaldo card contained within the set.
- Released as part of 2019-20 Topps Now UEFA Champions League collection in the US
- Cards came out with a 24-hour time limit to be purchased, later extended to one week
- One of the few licensed collectible cards to feature both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
- Print run of only 153
- Individual cards were originally on sale for $9.99
2019 Topps Now UCL Soccer #7 Messi/Ronaldo: Card Info
Ironically, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk beat out Messi and Ronaldo to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year honors for 2018/19. (This is where the photo used for the card image was taken.)
It was arguably deserved. Van Dijk led the Reds to Champions League glory in the 2018-19 season and also advanced to the UEFA Nations final with the Netherlands, losing to Ronaldo’s Portugal.
The card itself features a shot of Messi and Ronaldo smiling as they share a personal moment. It shows a different side to their fierce professional rivalry.
It has a print run of just 153. Many copies have now been sent off for grading to the likes of PSA, BGS, and SGC.
Even unslabbed versions of the Messi/Ronaldo 2019 Topps Now UCL card are now worth a tidy sum due to the rarity and overall star quality seen from the duo.
We’re big fans of both Messi and Ronaldo cards from an investment perspective. The same is true for any rare cards which happen to feature both players together. It doesn’t happen often, especially now that they play in different leagues, and are unlikely to meet in either European or international competitions.
Messi vs Ronaldo used to be a common sight, but Messi and Ronaldo is a truly rare combo.
Of the duo, we’d probably opt for graded Messi cards, but the Portugal legend is a close second.
It’s not a shiny chrome parallel, but the 2019 Topps Now UCL Messi/Ronaldo card is one of the better soccer collectibles to pick up for the long-term.
It features two of the greatest players of all-time, and it has a minuscule print run. It was only available for 24 hours. Prices are up by a factor of over 100 if you’re looking at graded copies in 2022 or beyond. (And that’s just for PSA 9s, which are now selling for over $1,000.)
It’s not as good as either of their vintage rookie cards as a pure investment, but it’s an underrated option which has the potential to become a modern holy grail item.