Ronaldo, Messi set unwanted Champions League record for first time in 16 years

Ronaldo, Messi set unwanted Champions League record for first time in 16 years

- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will not be playing in the Champions League quarter-finals

- Barcelona were eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain while Juventus were dumped out by FC Porto

- Messi and Ronaldo have played in the Champions League last four for 16 consecutive seasons

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Barcelona's ouster at this season Champions League means both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will not be playing in the quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years.

Paris-Saint Germain got the better of La Blaugrana in a 5-2 scoreline over two legs while Juventus crashed out on a 4-4 away goal rule in their head-to-head clashes with FC Porto.

And this will be the first time Ronaldo and Messi will not be playing in the last four stages of the money-spinning competition since the 2004-05 season.

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This also means that the Ballon d'Or award for the 2021 calendar year may no be going in the direction of the duo.

The Champions League competition had always been a strong credential in landing a Ballon d'Or accolade with has given Messi and Ronaldo 11 awards between them.

Ronaldo, Messi Champions League campaign halted for first time in 16 years
Ronaldo and Messi will not be playing in the Champions League quarter-finals for first time in 16 years. Photo by Aurelien Meunier and Jonathan Moscrop
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The future is also uncertain for the pair as Messi could leave Camp Nou when his contract expires at the end of the season.

On the other hand, Ronaldo has a year left on his contract with Juve and the Portuguese could leave the club after two frustrating seasons in the elite competition.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo for the second consecutive failed to progress beyond the round of 16 stages of the Champions League.

Juventus were knocked out of the competition by Portuguese club FC Porto in a 4-4 aggregate scoreline as the away goal rule counted for Sergio Conceicao's men.

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Ronaldo has enjoyed unforgettable moments in the elite competition with Man United and Real Madrid in his past spells. active-participation.html

However, since joining the Serie A giants in the summer of 2018, the five-Ballon d'Or as failed to help the Italian side win the title since 1995.

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