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Rivaldo: “Messi and Ronaldo help each other regain the top when confronted”

The former Barca striker believes that matches between Barca and Juventus in the Champions League group stage this season will be attractive to the world by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It’s great to seeLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face off again. They will light up the whole tournament, because the whole world wants to see the top two superstars compete,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “Some people think that Messi has deteriorated after Ronaldo left Spain. So this is a great opportunity for both of them to regain their peak form when competing on the field.”

Messi and Ronaldo have not faced off on the field since the summer of 2018, when the Portuguese superstar joined Juventus. The past two years, the performance of the duo that dominated world football a decade ago has gone down, especially in the Champions League. Messi once reached the semi-finals and once in the quarter-finals, and Ronaldo has never reached the fourth round of the team.

All are on the other side of the slope of their career, the chances for Messi and Ronaldo to reign at the top of world football are not many. That was one more reason why the upcoming confrontation, Rivaldo believed. “With the other two opponents, Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros, Barca and Juventus are almost certain to continue,” analyzed the 1999 Golden Ball. “Both Messi and Ronaldo are mentally comfortable to enter the fairest competition. The game itself will motivate the insiders. It’s great to see such a positive relationship possible. show up on the field, in as little as 180 minutes.

Barca, the team that brought Rivaldo to world star, is currently in the process of rebuilding under Ronald Koeman. However, the owner of Camp Nou does not shop much in the summer of 2020, but mainly pushes away the players. They are pursuing Memphis Depay, but have not received positive signals from Lyon. “Barca still finds an attacker to replace Luis Suarez. They will be happy if there is Depay,” Rivaldo said. “However, it is very difficult to find a player with the quality and fighting spirit like Suarez. I am afraid that there is a long way to go before Barca will have a worthy replacement, because all strikers brought back will be lost Compared to Suarez. This puts a lot of pressure on them”.

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Ronaldo is about to reach the scoring milestone that Juventus coach predicted

Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way towards the scoring milestone that Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri predicted last August.

When entering the new season in August last year, coach Maurizio Sarri evaluated that Cristiano Ronaldo could achieve the number of goals he expected.

“I want him to score more than 40 goals this season,” Sarri said. After that, except for a rare number of turns of the squad, he always gave Ronaldo the opportunity to play for him to find a goal. 

Even when Juventus won the championship, based on the agreement between the two, CR7 still went to Cagliari to seek more goals for the Serie A top scorer and the European Golden Boot.

Despite the defeat against Ciro Immobile, now Ronaldo still has goals to look forward to, those are the goals in the Champions League.

The Portuguese star is currently missing 5 goals to reach 40 goals in the season. It seemed not an impossible task to perform when the Champions League was an arena in which he was very charming.

MILAN, ITALY – JULY 07: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates 0-2 goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on July 07, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

So far, Ronaldo is the king to score in the knockout stages of the European Cup with 65 goals compared to 41 for Messi.

This season, Ronaldo has scored fewer goals in the Champions League than Paulo Dybala (2 vs. 3), but the challenge with Lyon in the second leg of the eighth round will give him the opportunity to improve his performance. Not forgetting that, when Juventus reversed the situation against Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick. It is a reminder that the waiting and belief of Juventus fans can completely be deservedly responded by CR7

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Barca has been the king of goals in Europe for the past five years

Barca is the team with the most goals and the best average in the five major European leagues, according to research by Opta.

Opta’s research shows that, before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barcelona was Europe’s top scoring team in the past five years in five major European leagues.

Since 2015, Barca has maintained an average goal in La Liga of 2.73 goals per game. During this period, they played 201 matches and scored 549 goals.

Barcelona has long had an impressive arsenal of attacking weapons. The first is the MSN trident made up of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar. The current season sees the combination of Antoine Griezmann with 2 seniors.

Fans can easily guess who is Barca’s scoring king as Messi contributed 180 goals in 181 games, which earned him 6 Pichichi and the Golden Boot.

In the rankings of the clubs with the most goals in the past 5 years, only PSG – the dominant team in Ligue 1, is close to Barca, reaching 2.65 goals per game. To achieve this rate, they scored 524 goals in 198 games. The best ADC is Edinson Cavani with 115 goals in 152 games.

Next is Bayern Munich with an average of 2.59 goals per game in the Bundesliga (461 goals in 178 games). The best striker is none other than Robert Lewandowski (146 goals in 167 matches).

Man City of Pep Guardiola is considered the most effective team in England with an average of 2.32 goals per game in the Premier League (462 goals in 199 games).

The current season, Barcelona scored 63 goals in 27 games (2.33 average). However, this ratio is far behind many other teams, such as PSG is 2.77 (75 goals after 27 games), Bayern Munich 2.92 (73 goals after 25 games), Man City 2.42 (68 goals after 28 games).

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Messi, Ronaldo and 10 Champions League records can never be broken

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have made a lot of spectacular Champions League milestones, including 10 records that can never be broken.

1. Fastest hat-trick (7 1/2 minutes – Bafetimbi Gomis vs Dinamo Zagreb, 2011/12)

Sadio Mane can score the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League with 2 minutes 56 paper, but in the Cup, nobody can compare. With 7-and-a-half minutes, the Lyon striker surpassed Mike Newell’s record set in 1995.

Messi, Ronaldo và 10 kỷ lục Champions League có thể không bao giờ bị phá

2. Most goals in a knockout match (5 – Lionel Messi vs Leverkusen, 2011/12)

Messi is the only player to score 5 goals after 90 minutes in a knockout match, helping Barca to destroy Leverkusen 7-1 in the 1/8 round.

3. Keep the most consecutive clean sheets (10 – Jens Lehmann – October 2005 to April 2006)

After conceding to Ajax in the second match of the 2005/06 season with Arsenal, Lehmann spent the remaining 4 group stage matches and the entire knockout round without receiving any goals.

Sent off after 18 minutes in the final, Lehmann kept a clean sheet for more than 800 minutes, equivalent to 13.5 hours.

4. Most goals per goalkeeper (3 – Hans-Jorg Butt)

It’s hard to believe that a goalkeeper has scored 3 goals in the Champions League and both against Juventus.

Butt humiliated Juventus in Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich with all three goals from the penalty spot.

Messi, Ronaldo và 10 kỷ lục Champions League có thể không bao giờ bị phá

5. Most goals in a match (12 – Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw, 2016/17)

The crazy match that took place at Signal Iduna Park four years ago with Reus and Kagawa both scored twice. Notably, up to 6 goals were scored after the first 29 minutes only.

6. Oldest player (43 years and 253 days – Marco Ballotta vs Real Madrid, 2007/08)

Ballotta conceded three goals against Real Madrid just months before his 44th birthday, breaking Alessandro Costacurta’s previous record nearly three years old.

It should be noted that the second oldest player in the history of the tournament, Olexandr Shovkovskiy, is still 2 years younger than Ballotta.

7. Most goals in a season (17 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013/14)

The Real Madrid superstar has scored 9 goals in the group stage, 4 goals in the eighth round, 1 goal in the quarterfinals, 2 in the semi-finals and another in the final.

The only person who has ever come close to beating this record is Ronaldo.

8. The match with the most audience (115,500 – Barcelona vs PSG, 1994/95)

Although the Nou Camp still boasts the largest capacity in the Champions League, changes to the stadium’s rules have reduced the number of spectators in modern times. Fans may never see this 6-digit landmark again.

9. Defender with the most goals in a match (3 – Layvin Kurzawa vs Anderlecht, 2017/18)

The PSG left-back became the first player to achieve this feat two years ago. Surely no defender will score four in a Champions League match.

10. Youngest player to score a hat-trick (18 years and 114 days – Raul vs Ferencvaros, 1995/96)

Only five teenage players have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick, of which Real Madrid legend Raul is the youngest.

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes threatened this record by scoring a hat-trick against Galatasaray last year with more than 200 days.

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Is Ronaldo or Messi’s yacht more expensive?

Ronaldo and Messi both choose to vacation on luxury yachts, but which star’s yacht is more expensive?

In today’s hot summer days, both Ronaldo and Messi choose to resort on the sea. Messi recently relaxed with his family in Ibiza (Mallorca), while Ronaldo and his family were resting in the Mediterranean sea.

For the most comfortable and private relaxing moments, both stars choose luxury yachts.

According to Italian media, it is not clear whether Ronaldo rented or bought this 5 million-euro yacht. Azimut Grande 27 is designed as a miniature 5-star hotel on the sea, with a length of 27m and can run at a maximum speed of 28 knots, about 52 km / h.

Azimut Grande 27 is 3 stories high with 4 double cabins, 2 cabins for crew members and 7 bathrooms in different positions. In addition, all windows on the yacht are fitted with tempered glass so that visitors can watch the sea in any position.

This yacht is a bit shorter than Ronaldo’s yacht, only about 26m, but can still reach a maximum speed of 28 knots/hour.

More importantly, the Maiora 24S Lex is considered to have more utilities than the Azimut Grande 27. Messi’s yacht has 4 cabins that can accommodate 10 guests, including 1 Presidential cabin, 1 VIP cabin and 2 regular cabins. In particular, the Presidential cabin and VIP cabin have a double bed, private bathroom, TV and desk with high speed wifi connection.

In addition, Maiora 24S Lex also has a solarium, a cabin for 4 crew members, a wine cellar, a dining room and a storage of lots of underwater toys.

After spending a break, both Ronaldo and Messi will return to training to prepare for the return leg in the 1/8 Champions League round that takes place next week.

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PSG go to the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Neymar and Bernat scored a goal to help PSG defeat Dortmund 2-0 in the second leg of the Champions League round of 1/8, thereby going on with a total score of 3-2.

Scoring: Neymar 28 ‘, Bernat 45’ + 1.

Red card: Can 89 ‘.

Covid-19 led PSG to play the second leg at home without an audience. But the four quiet stands did not make them lose the sense of belonging at Parc des Princes. The students Thomas Tuchel entered with a disadvantage of losing 1-2 in the first leg, but scored twice in the first half to reverse the situation.

Playing without the audience does not affect the performance of Neymar in the Champions League. The Brazilian striker headed home to open the scoring from Angel Di Maria’s corner in the 28th minute, in the case of the Dortmund defense completely dropping the PSG star. It was Neymar’s 26th goal at home in Europe’s most prestigious arena.

That goal also changed the game, turning Dortmund from the advantage team to the team that had to score. The visitors could not continue to deepen the defense, as originally planned by coach Lucien Favre. When rising, they had difficulty when PSG separated the trio of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Thorgan Hazard. Only Sancho has the opportunity thanks to the ability to move wide. England players had two shots on goal, but the ball was caught by Keylor Navas.

Like the first leg, Coach Favre emphasized that Dortmund’s defensive performance has a great influence on the outcome of the match. This match, the German team’s defense is much worse than the match three weeks ago. They repeatedly failed as well as exposed many gaps when PSG counterattack. From such a situation, Pablo Sarabia escaped down the right wing, passed the penalty area to defender Juan Bernat to bring the ball to 2-0.

Dortmund need a table to raise hope. But away, their coordination proved to be discrete. Before PSG’s low defense, Dortmund’s finishes in the second half were mainly long shots. The German representative also did not dare to raise the squad too high, for fear of PSG counterattacks through the foot of Kylian Mbappe – who owns dangerous acceleration after coming on the 64th minute.

Lack of people, Dortmund was powerless in five minutes of injury time and accepted to lose 0-2. With PSG, the total score of 3-2 win helped them to reach the quarterfinals for the first time after three consecutive seasons in the eighth round. PSG go to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.