Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo, the eternal dual

The Argentine and the Portuguese forwards resume their rivalry as Barca host Juventus

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Juan Manuel Díaz

It didn't happen in October because Cristiano Ronaldo had Covid-19, but he and Leo Messi finally meet again on a pitch, with first place in Group G at stake as Barcelona host Juventus.

Camp Nou will be the scene and sadly empty still, a disappointment because these two figures' rivalry has lit up football over the past decade.

They have faced each other 35 times, the last of which was Barca-Madrid on May 6, 2018, also at Camp Nou.

Since then Cristiano Ronaldo has become Juve's leader, winning two Serie A titles, but has not achieved his objective of bringing the club their third Champions League trophy.

Below, we compare Messi and Ronaldo's statistics.

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CRISTIANO Games Goals Assists
Clubs 859 648 223
Portugal 170 102 41
TOTAL 1,029 750 264

In the nine games he has played this season, Cristiano has scored 10 and given one assist. 

Leo Messi is not in his best moment, after the 2-1 defeat by Cadiz.

CRISTIANO Games Goals Assists
Clubs 859 648 223
Portugal 170 102 41
TOTAL 1,029 750 264

His seven goals and four assists in 13 matches this season are far from his best level, though Messi is still the club's big attacking threat.

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The two have won a host of individual awards too, with Messi ahead of Ballon d'Ors, and Ronaldo on UCLs.

CRISTIANO Games Goals Assists
Clubs 859 648 223
Portugal 170 102 41
TOTAL 1,029 750 264

 

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