Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi might have come face-to-face on a soccer pitch once more on Wednesday night time as Juventus host Barcelona within the Champions League – reside on talkSPORT 2.
It might have been the primary time in 2 years, 5 months, and 22 days that the fashionable greats have taken to the sphere collectively following the previous’s transfer to Italy.
It should go down as one of many biggest on-field rivalries in historical past as each gamers did all they may to be topped the perfect participant on this planet.
Between them, 11 of the final 12 Ballons d’Or have been received by the pair, with Luka Modric pipping them each in 2018.
The duo are pleasant off the pitch, typically seen chatting with their households at awards ceremonies, however when the whistle blows and each are on the sphere solely successful issues.
Wednesday night time, underneath the floodlights in Turin would have been one other thrilling encounter – however now we should wait till December eight for a showdown between the pair on the Camp Nou.
The Portugal hero, 36, examined constructive for COVID-19 whereas on worldwide responsibility earlier this month.
He’s at the moment self-isolating in Italy after travelling through a personal air ambulance in a bid to keep away from breaking protocols within the nation the place he plies his commerce, though Italian sports activities minister Vincenzo Spadafora has revealed the participant is being investigated for a potential breach.
Ronaldo wanted to check unfavourable for coronavirus 24 hours earlier than the match in opposition to Barcelona however he as soon as once more returned a constructive end result.
The watching world will likely be hoping Ronaldo and Messi are actually each out there in simply over a month to allow them to lock horns as soon as once more – it’s been far too lengthy.
However what’s there head-to-head document? talkSPORT.com have taken a take a look at the statistics.
Ronaldo v Messi
Matches – 34
Ronaldo wins – 9
Ronaldo targets – 18
Ronaldo assists – 1
Attracts – 9
Messi wins – 16
Messi targets – 21
Messi assists – 12
So, with regards to their head-to-head document, it’s Messi who’s the victor.
The Argentine has seven extra wins in video games between the 2 gamers, whereas he has three extra targets than Ronaldo, and an astonishing 11 assists, exhibiting his all-round impression in video games.
Again in 2018, their final match in opposition to one another was a 2-2 attract LaLiga between Actual Madrid and Barcelona, Ronaldo solely managed 45 minutes of soccer however nonetheless claimed a aim, as did Messi, with the pair ending their historic Spanish rivalry with the spoils shared.
You’ll be able to hearken to reside commentary of Juventus v Barcelona on Wednesday night time at 8pm on talkSPORT 2