The secret message behind Annie Leibovitz's chess image of Messi and Ronaldo

Image of chess match between Ronaldo and Messi
(Image credit: Annie Leibovitz (via Twitter))

Two footballers with a long-standing professional rivalry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, have been photographed by the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz in a campaign commissioned by Louis Vuitton, to mark the start of the FIFA World Cup   in Qatar.

In what will likely be their final world cup performance, the iconic duo has a mutual respect for one another, but this is the first time that they have been pictured together in this way, head-to-head in a fierce game of chess, held on top of a Louis Vuitton luxury briefcase, photographed in a dark setting. 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.