- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will face in the Champions League
- These two players have met 35 times with Messi winning 16 and Ronaldo with 10
- Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals while Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 19
Juventus and Barcelona have been drawn together to face in the Champions League group stage in an home and away ties which will be tough.
What will make the two games tough is the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will renew one of the greatest rivalries in world football.
These two players are regarded as the best in their generation considering how they have both dominated the game of football for the past 10 years.
So far in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Or awards, while his greatest rival Lionel Messi has been crowned winner six times.
Lionel Messi’s six awards is the record with his 2019 win moving him one ahead of the Portuguese superstar.
On the pitch, it’s a rivalry that has seen the two play against each other 35 times in a ten-year stretch between 2008 and 2018.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid two years ago, he has has not faced Lionel Messi in any competitive game.
In their first ever competitive game which was in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo and his then Manchester United teammates triumphed over Messi and Barcelona.
But a year later which was 2008, Lionel Messi scored against Manchester United in the Champions League final played in Rome.
Ronaldo then left Manchester United for a move to Real Madrid where he faced Lionel Messi in 30 El Clasicos.
And in those 30, Lionel Messi and Barcelona won 14, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid won seven.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Cristiano Ronaldo continues to defy age as he won’t stop getting the goals at 35 and now he has scored a total of 30 goals in the 2020 calendar year, a feat no player has reached.
The Portuguese striker rescued Juventus from defeat with a brace against Roma to take his tally in the year to 30 goals for club and country.
The brace took the 35-year-old’s tally for the 2020/21 Serie A campaign to three goals, while he has now netted an incredible 450 times across Europe’s top leagues.
With 30 goals for CR7 this year, no player has reached the mark as his closest rivals Lionel Messi and Neymar can only manage combined goals of 26.
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