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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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De Gea is constantly making mistakes at MU because of Cristiano Ronaldo?

Cristiano Ronaldo is being blamed for the hard-to-forgive mistakes of goalkeeper David de Gea in the MU shirt last time.

David De Gea continued to disappoint when making a mistake, causing MU to receive 2 goals and lose to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. But this is not the first time the Spaniard has been criticized for this.

Since last season, De Gea has at least 6 mistakes that made MU lose points against Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, Watford, Barca or Arsenal.

Many factors have been put in place to explain De Gea’s miserable performance, including a very strange cause related to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Some comments that Ronaldo must bear a responsibility for De Gea’s mistakes in the past though not in the same team and also played in two different tournaments. The last time the two faced each other took place since November 2018 when MU encountered Juventus in the Champions League group stage of 2018/19.

But Ronaldo destroyed De Gea’s confidence five months earlier when the two were featured in the Portuguese match against Spain in the 2018 World Cup group stage. Escape at the end of the battle. However, the second goal was a great help of De Gea.

In this situation, Ronaldo shot slightly and hit De Gea’s position, but because of a moment of distraction, he let the ball hit the ball and flew into the net.

It is worth mentioning that the Spaniard made a mistake after spending an outstanding season and won the Golden Glove Award in the English Premier League 2017/18 with a record of 18 clean sheets.

However, he made a mistake at the opening game of the 2018 World Cup. Since then, De Gea has frequently made very silly errors and Ronaldo is joked by many Man Utd fans that he made the Spanish goalkeeper lose confidence.