Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: How Portuguese stopped Argentine from scoring

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: How Portuguese stopped Argentine from scoring

- Cristiano Ronaldo was on target twice for Juventus in their Champions League clash vs Barcelona

- Lionel Messi on his part could not score any goal talkless of helping his side avoid defeat

- The 35-year-old did not only score, he also ensured Messi would not get on the scores sheet

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Juventus' Champions League triumph over Barcelona at Camp Nou earlier this week.

The victory propelled the Italian club to the summit of the Group G table with 15 points - the same points as the Catalans.

Both of them had sealed their progress to the next round heading to the game. They, however, had their pride to protect as well as the leadership of the group.

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And the Turin based club was able to tick both boxes as they ended up at the top of the table and also left the Nou Camp scoring three un-replied goals, with Ronaldo on the scores sheet twice.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: How Portuguese stopped Argentine from scoring
Cristiano Ronaldo showing his defensive ability to stop Lionel Messi from scoring against his side at Camp Nou. Photo by David Ramos.
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The 35-year-old's first goal of the game came in the 13th minute via the spot and he completed his brace seven minutes into resumption through another penalty.

Weston McKennie scored the remaining goal as Leonardo Bonucci's strike was ruled out for offside towards the end of the game.

The two goals hero wore his defensive quality in the game as he prevented Messi from finding the back of the net.

He clinically obstructed the Argentine from having a clear vision to shoot having already dribbled nutmegged Bonucci at the edge of the 18-yard box.

Meanwhile, it was the first time both superstars would share the pitch in over two and a half years after the Portuguese left Spain for Italy in 2018.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland, Alvaro Morata of Juventus and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford are the joint top scorers in the competition with six goals each.

The 35-year-old is two goals short and he could equal their tally or even surpass them in the knockout stages of the championship. earlier reported that the Champions League match between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir was abandoned after the fourth official was accused of making racist remarks by Demba Ba.

Both teams walked off the pitch in solidarity after Ba who was a substitute for the game complained about the remark made to one of their coaching crew Webo.

Video clips showed the Romanian Sebastian Coltescu allegedly saying 'this black guy' while referring to the Basaksehir assistant.

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