Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to play for the same team in October

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Diego Maradona is keen to pair the two best players in the world, for the next edition of the 'Match for Peace'.

Back in mid-April, Mundo Deportivo reported on a flight of fancy planned by an international marketing company, which aimed at emulating the 'All Star Game' concept of the NBA, in conjunction with UEFA.

The proposal suggested that the format would feature 'South Europe', comprising of players from La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, against a 'North Europe' team, featuring players from the Premier League, Bundesliga and the Russian Premier League.

The main attraction to this concept, was the possibility of having Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, playing on the same side, for the 'South' team. Without a doubt, a mouth watering prospect that so far, football fans around the world have only dreamed about.

Whether that concept is ever agreed upon by UEFA, or ever becomes a reality, remains to be seen, though current views are that such an event would be difficult at best, or even impossible to organise.

However, a more realistic opportunity for the Real Madrid and Barcelona icons to play side by side for the first time, has now become possible according to AS Colombia, and all thanks to the efforts of footballing legend - Diego Maradona.

Maradona is currently planning the next 'Match for Peace', with the backing of fellow countryman, Pope Francis, having visited the Vatican over recent days.

Amongst the players he's called to appear in the match, are Manchester United striker Falcao, alongside his compatriot, James Rodriguez of Real Madrid, plus Brazilian star Ronaldinho, Juventus attacker Carlos Tevez, and Barcelona's former Liverpool hit-man, Luis Suarez.

Undoubtedly though, the most ambitious part of plans for the game, scheduled to take place in Italy at the start of October, is to have the best in the world - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - playing on the same team.

Maradona himself played in last year's 'Match for Peace', aimed at bringing together footballers representing many different religions, featuring current stars such as Messi and Mascherano, with former icons like Valderrama, Maldini and Baggio 

The Argentine icon is no stranger to unique matches. Back in 1987, he appeared for Granada CF alongside brothers Hugo and Lalo; the first and only time the siblings played together. That was against Swedish side Malmo, managed by none other than current England boss, Roy Hodgson.

If Maradona can pull of this feat, getting Ronaldo and Messi to play side by side in the next 'Match for Peace', he may well have achieved something nobody would have thought possible. A magical touch, by the 'Hand of God' himself.

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