Barcelona's Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Champions League is back on the wheel on Tuesday, with the group stage’s first round. Here are some highlights of the competition in its new version.
Ronaldo and Messi face to face again.
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine Lionel Messi are the best players of their generation, with no contested victory, together with 11 golden balls, in addition to being the first two scorers in the continental competition’s list of scorers throughout history.
The two players will renew their meeting for the first time since Ronaldo moved from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018, after his team drew the lot with Barcelona, Spain, in Group G.
Ronaldo is currently in quarantine at his home in Turin after he was infected with the new Coronavirus last week while he was in his country’s national team camp last week as part of participating in the European Nations League competitions.
Barcelona will visit Juventus in the second round on the 28th of this month, while the return match will be held at Camp Nou on the eighth of December.
Ronaldo, 35, aspires to return the continental title to Juventus’s coffers after a quarter-century absence and to win it for the sixth time personally. At the same time, Messi, the 33-year-old, seeks to snatch his fifth title, knowing that the Catalan team has not won it since 2015.
Their journey towards the second round is expected to be easy, as the group includes Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine and Hungary’s Frantsvaruch.
He’s with a difficult group consisting of Paris Saint-Germain of France, Leipzig of Germany, and Basaksehir of Turkey.
The first match against the Parisian team will be a replay of their meeting in the semi-finals of the 2018-2019 edition, which was decided by the Norwegian team Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in their favor.
And United overturned being late to home at Old Trafford 0-2 to a last-minute victory in Princes Park 3-1 with a controversial penalty kick by Marcus Rashwood to qualify for the quarter-finals.