Fans lose their minds as footballer spotted in incredible optical illusion

A football-themed optical illusion has left fans scratching their heads in disbelief.

The viral snap that shows 12 goats, a clue to who the world famous star might be, also includes an image of a World Cup winner but only to the sharpest of eyes. While looking at the snap, squinting can help make the athlete appear before the viewer.

A second snap shows a rival player to the first, with a garden scene with a pond and leaves forming their threat to individual silverware from years gone by. The snaps have brought in more than 11 million views online – and it's clear to see why.

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Spoiler alert, the first upload shows a visionary representation of Argentina and Inter Miami star Lionel Messi using goats – with many considering him to be the greatest footballer of all time.

The second image shows Portugal and Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo in a leafy scene which isn't quite as fitting as his seven-time Ballon d'Or winning rival.

However – another fan didn't see Messi but in fact Indian cricket icon Rohit Sharma, starting another debate on social media.

Did you spot the footballers in the snaps? Tell us in the comments section below.

One comment said: "These fools still thinks that the First Pic is illusion of Messi. But it's Rohit Sharma."

A second added: "Thought I was trippin for a bit but you can see Messi’s face." A third continued: "Close your eyes to minimum sight to see it!"

Speaking of the Ronaldo snap, a follower laughed: "But the second picture looks like Marouane Fellaini more than than Ronaldo."

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Messi and Ronaldo will retire as two of the greatest players in history having dominated European football for almost two decades.

The Barcelona Argentina icon, 36, picked up seven Ballon d'Or truimphs to Ronaldo's five – winning the World Cup in 2022.

Ronaldo, 38, won trophies across England, Spain, Italy and Portugal, winning Euro 2016 with his country having been best known for his spells with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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