Lionel messi and Cristiano Ronaldo clashed in football for over a decade and their best performance week after week during this period led them to be considered two of the best players all time.
Of their very first encounters with Barcelona and Manchester United in the Champions League, the battles are still intense in the Clásicos in La Liga and Spanish Cup, until the last Barça-Juventus clashes in the latest edition of continental competition, their rivalry has made them even better players.
This season, football fans might see more matches between these two legends in the Champions League, but this time, with Messi wearing The PSG jersey and Ronaldo as a Manchester United player.
How many champions have they won?
The Portuguese superstar won the Champions League five times, while Messi won it on four times. The Argentinian wizard only lifted the trophy with Barcelona, the club where he made his career as a professional before signing for PSG. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo conquered the title with two different clubs.
CR7 first won the trophy in the 2007-2008 season as “Red Devil”, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties. After join Real Madrid, he won the other four Champions League trophies, being decisive in each of them.
The Portuguese striker won the last European competition in 2018, when he decided to leave the Spanish club, after winning four trophies in five years, while “La Pulga” haven’t won the title since 2015, when Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in the final.
However, Messi was the first of the two to become European champion, while the Catalan giants won the tournament in the 2005-2006 campaign with Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o as main headings and with Frank Rijkaard as head coach. Leo played six games that season in a team that beat Arsenal In the final.