In Tuesday’s Champions League match between Barcelona and Juventus, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet for the first time since the Portuguese striker left Real Madrid in 2018 to become Italian champions.
Ronaldo missed the first game between the two teams in Turin – Barca’s 2-0 victory – after contracting a coronavirus, but he is back in the tournament this week at the Camp Nou.
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Meanwhile Messi had been involved in the last two matches of the Barca Champions League, which took place in the 16th round. The team qualified for the second round, but Ronald Coeman said he would return to the lineup to meet Zhuva.
Leo and [Ronaldo] are two fantastic players who have been watched for so long, the Barcelona coach said in the foreword to his press conference.
They’re the best in the last 15 years. You’ve made so much progress. They’re different actors, but I admire them both. You’ve given us many wonderful nights, and I hope we both enjoy them [Tuesday].
Messi and Ronaldo celebrated a time in European football when one or the other has won the Ballon d’Or in 11 of the last 12 years.
The rivalry between Barca and Madrid has formed the Classico in the last ten years. Their achievements and goals have helped their clubs to achieve success both in the country and in Europe.
Both are now in the final phase of their careers – Messi 33, Ronaldo 35 – but they are still among the best players in the world.
Ronaldo is still one of the elite because of the way he fights and scores, according to Coeman.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a Champions League game on Tuesday. Power-Sport Statues/Getty Images
The match between Barca and Juve determines who leads the group, with Cuman leading by three points, but things don’t go so well in La Liga.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Cadiz was the fourth of ten championship games this season and the worst start to the season since the 1987-88 season.
I’m not happy with the situation in the League, said Kuman, who criticized the attitude of the players this weekend. There is a difference between the defeat in Cadiz and that in Atletico [the defeat of Madrid two weeks ago].
If I lose, I get angry and tell the players after the game. You can’t accept goals we missed several times at a club like Barcelona.
The message to the actors is to remind them of the responsibility they have here. What is really said in the lodge stays there, but we have to be more efficient and make fewer mistakes.
Messi scored only two points in Barca’s opening match in 13 appearances this season and has been criticized since his last defeat.
However, Kuman said that his status made him an easy target and that he defended a striker who has been free to talk to other clubs since January, when his contract ends in June.
Leo is important to our attack – the most important part, he says. Most of the movement comes from his feet. Sometimes it’s easier to blame Messi because he’s the best in the world.