(The Flea and the Lion) Lionel Messi pictured a lot of things happening to him, many different places he could possibly move to. He never imagined he actually would. He never saw himself being sold to rival Real Madrid. And he most certainly never saw himself fitting in there at all. Real Madrid is the one club that hates him, that would reject him the second he stepped onto the practice pitch, the second he slipped on that white jersey in the locker room full of strange faces who all somehow seek to get rid of him, ruin his career. He knew the Merengues would never accept him. Not the way his teammates back at Barcelona knew and loved him. He knew he'd miss his Blaugrana. He knew he'd miss Neymar and Suárez, Iniesta and Xavi, Piqué and Busquets. The Catalan fans, the city, the atmosphere at Camp Nou. Yet somehow, despite missing all those things, he never realized he would grow to so deeply fall in love with his greatest rival even more- Cristiano Ronaldo himself. A/N: Drawing on the cover done by detodores on tumblr-her Cristessi fan art is amazing.