A hug between two giants and then a two-step explanation. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two sacred football monsters look for each other, approach, cling, smile on the lawn of Camp Nou.
A new duel is announced between the two stars of modern football. The thirty-sixth in their history. This time, it was the Portuguese who emerged victorious. Two penalty goals (13th, 52nd), the success of his team, Juventus Turin (3-0) on foreign soil, and first place in the group. The scenario is ideal. Barcelona, capped on the wire in the standings, still also validates its ticket for the round of 16. His only consolation.
The Portuguese, by the way, brings the record for goals in the Champions League to 134 goals, and increases his lead over his Argentinian runner-up (118). This new confrontation, two and a half years after their last, on May 6, 2018 during a Barcelona – Real Madrid clasico, concluded in a draw (2-2) where they had scored a goal each, kept its promises. Despite his thirty-five years, Ronaldo was the most leggy from the start of the match: a first shot blocked by Ter Stegen (8th), then an overflow in the area causing the fault of the defender Araujo. Penalty transformed by himself (13th).
The five-fold Golden Ball dominated the six-fold
Opposite, Messi frowns. At 33, he looks his age, wandering soulless on the lawn. The Catalans cash a second goal signed McKennie (20th). Messi shrugs his shoulders. He finally wakes up but his strikes still find the Italian goalkeeper Buffon on their way (21st, 36th, 45th + 1, 47th). Ronaldo is biding his time quietly. It arrives in the form of a hand of Lenglet in its surface. The Portuguese transformed the penalty (52nd). The deal is done.
The five-fold Golden Ball dominated the six-fold. The “old” CR7, who was absent in the first leg on October 28, because positive for Covid-19, made the Old Lady shine. He can now dream of a Champions League consecration under the Italian colors, his sixth after his successes with Manchester United (2008) and Real Madrid (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). His great rival, Messi, has only four with Barça (2006, 2009, 2011, 2015). A straw.
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