The world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will play together in a match for the first time since Ronaldo moved to Italy in 2018, as Barcelona host Juventus in Champions League on Tuesday.
Both sides have already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League and Ronald Koeman’s men need to avoid losing by at least two goals to clinch top spot in Group G.
Messi missed the trips to Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros, but is set to return for what would be his first match against Cristiano Ronaldo since the Portuguese left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.
Ronaldo and Messi have faced each other in 35 games between club (33) and country (2), with both international meetings being friendlies. It is one win apiece too – Argentina won 2-1 in February 2011, with both Ronaldo and Messi scoring. The other was in November 2014 with a Portugal 1-0 win.
Of course, their most regular clash came in El Clasico, with only three of their 33 club games being played while Ronaldo was at Manchester United. The other 30 were between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Messi has been victorious in 16 of their 35 meetings, Ronaldo in ten, with nine draws.