The wait is over.
After being denied a thirty sixth instalment of Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo within the first conflict between Barcelona and Juventus on this season’s Champions League, the pair are set to go head-to-head at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was dominated out of the primary encounter in Turin after a constructive coronavirus take a look at, whereas Messi was granted a relaxation by Ronald Koeman.
Each groups are already assured to advance from Group G however the eyes of followers throughout the globe might be on the encounter as the 2 biggest gamers of the fashionable period do battle for high spot and a probably simpler draw within the final 16.
Messi has solely been on the shedding facet as soon as in his 5 earlier Champions League conferences with Ronaldo.
He additionally a 3-0 benefit when it comes to objectives after they go up in opposition to each other. Messi scored a header in Barca’s ultimate success in opposition to Ronaldo’s Manchester United in Could 2009, earlier than getting a double within the semi-finals two years later when the Blaugrana eradicated Actual Madrid.
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The captain of the Catalan giants had extra touches (445) than Ronaldo (248) in these video games, however the Portuguese has had 20 makes an attempt at aim to his counterpart’s 17.
Of their second ever encounter – the return match within the 2007-08 Champions League semi-finals – Messi accomplished 16 dribbles, which is a report for one participant in a single knockout recreation within the competitors since Opta started accumulating the information in 2004-05. United triumphed 1-0 in that fixture, although, with Ronaldo occurring to raise the trophy for the primary time.
In 35 clashes in all competitions for membership and nation, Messi holds the benefit with 16 wins and 9 attracts. Messi has scored 22 objectives and equipped 12 assists in these video games, whereas Ronaldo has scored 19 and arrange another.
By way of crew titles, Messi comes out on high with 36 – together with an Olympic Video games gold medal and Beneath-20 World Cup success with Argentina – in comparison with Ronaldo’s 32.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo has extra Champions League wins (5 to 4) and two items of silverware at senior worldwide stage – one thing that has evaded Messi. Whereas the Argentina captain has misplaced 4 main finals along with his nation, Ronaldo was a part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 and Nations League finals triumphs.
As people, Messi’s seven Pichichi awards, six European Golden Sneakers and 6 Ballons D’Or put him forward of Ronaldo by 29 to 26 (scoring titles in all leagues and the Champions League taken into consideration).
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They’re the one gamers to have discovered the again of the online within the Champions League over 100 instances – Ronaldo reached the milestone first and has 132 objectives, whereas Messi is on 118.
Ronaldo registered the 750th aim of his profession on matchday 5 in opposition to Dynamo Kiev final week. The 35-year-old has 648 in 859 at membership stage (0.75 per recreation) and 102 in 170 Portugal outings (0.60 per recreation). Whereas Messi is on common extra prolific at membership stage with 641 in 745 video games for Barcelona (0.86 objectives per recreation), he’s much less efficient for Argentina with 71 in 142 (0.50 objectives per recreation).
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The peak of their rivalry got here throughout Ronaldo’s 9 seasons at Barca’s arch-rivals Madrid, throughout which he outscored his counterpart in three separate LaLiga campaigns. Messi topped the charts on 5 of the opposite six events, although, with Luis Suarez beating them each to the Pichichi in 2015-16.
In whole, Messi has scored 448 objectives within the high 5 European leagues, seven fewer than Ronaldo.
But whereas they’re usually pitted in opposition to each other, there are some things Messi and Ronaldo share.
Sevilla are the favorite opponent of each (27 objectives for Ronaldo, 37 for Messi) they usually have additionally scored eight hat-tricks every within the Champions League and 36 trebles throughout Europe’s high 5 home leagues.
However who will come out on high on after they lastly meet once more on Tuesday?