Barcelona and Juventus’ match in the UEFA Champions League group stages will solve the age old debate of Lionel Messi v.s. Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will have one last go at each other in club football to finally cement themselves as the greatest of all time. Ever since the Portuguese left Real Madrid in 2018, there has been a hole in the hearts of football fans. The El Clasico which is an event in itself also used to bring the two best players in the world together but after Ronaldo joined the Italian side, Juventus, we could no longer witness their epic rivalry. Now we once again have the honor of witnessing the two best in the sport, battle it out when they meet each other in this season’s Champions League group stages.
According to ex-Barcelona star, Rivaldo, it may also be the chance for Messi to redeem himself. Many critics of the Argentine forward have been blasting him for years saying that he has fallen down the ladder and stopped performing after Ronaldo left for Turin. These accusations along with Barcelona’s current state almost made the club legend leave the Catalans at the end of last season. However, he decided to stay on and now fans will be able to witness their favorite football rivalry again.
Rivaldo told Betfair,
Some people have said Messi dropped his performance level a little bit after Ronaldo’s departure from Spain, so this is an excellent chance for both players to be at their best when they face each other.”
“It was always a healthy duel between them, which motivated the players, so it will be great to see this positive rivalry renewed for at least 180 minutes.”
The two greats have won 11 Ballon d’Or among themselves and they will both be looking to best each other on the playing field when they meet once again. The match will also bring into account both Ronald Koeman and Andrea Pirlo’s tactics. Both of them are legends of their respective clubs and have started the season off well but Champions League glory is what will help them prove their strategies and cement their legacies as elite managers in their respective clubs.
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