Lionel Messi admits playing against Ronaldo at Real Madrid was always special

Lionel Messi admits playing against Ronaldo at Real Madrid was always special

- Lionel Messi recounts how special facing Ronaldo was at Real Madrid

- The 33-year-old could reignite his rivalry with the Portuguese when Barcelona battle Juventus in the Champions League

- The Old Lady might be without the 35-year-old due to his COVID-19 status

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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has recounted how special facing Cristiano Ronaldo was while at Real Madrid.

Both stars have a chance to face-off again for the first time since the Portuguese left Los Blancos as the Catalans battle Juventus in the second Champions League group game this season.

However, the Portugal international might not be a part of the crucial encounter as he is currently in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus for the second time.

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He initially contracted the virus earlier this month while on duty for his national team and his second test within the space of 10 days returned positive again.

Lionel Messi admits playing against Ronaldo at Real Madrid was always special
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during their rivalry in Spain. Photo by Power Sport Images.
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Daily Star reports that Juve are hoping UEFA will allow them to test the 35-year-old again 48 hours before the clash. Ahead of next week's Champions League meeting, Messi told DAZN:

"Obviously when Cristiano played for Real Madrid the games were special.

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"Matches against them always are [special], but with Cristiano on the pitch they took on a particular significance. That is now in the past and we look forward to today’s challenges.
"Wednesday there could be this challenge and we hope Cristiano can be there and will soon recover from Covid.
"The ones with Cristiano were and are a special duel which will remain forever. They last many years and it is not easy to maintain those levels for such a long time.

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"Our teams were also very demanding: Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two strongest clubs in the world.
"Competing as equals for so many years is something that will remain forever. The duel between me and Cristiano was very good on a personal level and I think people enjoyed it.
"The fans of Real, Barca, but in general all football fans, have seen a great show. We hope to give them even more emotions [on Wednesday]." earlier reported that Juventus and Barcelona have been drawn together to face in the Champions League group stage in 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.

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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.

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