Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could once again come face to face on a football pitch on Wednesday night as Juventus host Barcelona in the Champions League.
It would be the first time in 2 years, 5 months and 22 days that the great moderns have taken to the field together after the first has moved to Italy.
It will be one of the biggest field rivalries in history as both players have gone out of their way to be crowned the best player in the world.
Between them, 11 of the last 12 Ballons d’Or have been won by the duo, Luka Modric having both overtaken them in 2018.
The duo are friendly off the pitch, often seen chatting with their family at award ceremonies, but when the whistle blows and both are on the pitch, only victory counts.
No doubt that on Wednesday night, under the Turin spotlight, it will be another exciting meeting – if Ronaldo is deemed fit to play.
The hero from Portugal, 36, tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty earlier this month.
He is currently self-isolating in Italy after traveling via a private air ambulance in an attempt to avoid violating the protocols of the country where he practices his profession, although Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has revealed that the player is under investigation for a possible violation.
Ronaldo must test negative for the coronavirus before being available for selection against Barcelona, but it’s a race against time.
Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo said on Saturday: “Regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, there was no news. We are awaiting the results of the samples.
“We did them this morning. He was tested at his home and if there is any further news it will be communicated.
The observing world is hoping Ronaldo is fit for the clash so he and Messi can lock the horns again – it’s been far too long.
But what is the one-on-one record? talkSPORT.com took a look at the stats.
Ronaldo vs. Messi
Matches – 34
Ronaldo win – 9
Ronaldo goals – 18
Ronaldo helps – 1
Draws – 9
Messi wins – 16
Messi’s goals – 21
Messi assists – 12
So when it comes to their one-on-one record, it’s Messi who is the winner.
The Argentine has seven more wins in the matches between the two players, while he has three more goals than Ronaldo and an astonishing 11 assists, showing his overall impact in the matches.
In 2018 their last game against each other was a 2-2 draw in La Liga between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Ronaldo only managed 45 minutes of football but still scored a goal, just like Messi, the duo ending their historic Spanish rivalry with shared booty.
We don’t yet know if the two will share a pitch again on Wednesday, but it promises to be an intriguing game if they do, especially after Barcelona’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Saturday’s Clasico.