Messi, Ronaldo face off in Champions League group stage

The Uefa Champions League group stage draw for the 2020/21 season held today in Nyon.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face each other in the group stages for the first time ever.

Messi’s Barcelona was drawn from the pot of second-seeded teams Thursday into the group where Ronaldo’s Juventus team was already placed as a top seed.

The 35-year-old Ronaldo and the 33-year-old Messi had a long-standing rivalry in the Spanish league when the Portugal star was with Real Madrid, but have never faced each other so early in the Champions League.

They did meet in the 2009 final, when Messi scored as Barcelona beat Ronaldo and Manchester United 2-0.

Group A: Bayern, Atletico Madrid

Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk

Group C: Porto, Man City

Group D: Liverpool, Ajax

Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea

Group F: Zenit, Dortmund

Group G: Juventus, Barcelona

Group H: PSG, Manchester United

More to follow……


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