Champions League At least one of them always played this decisive phase since 2005
The reign of Cristiano Rolando and Leo Messi in Europe. The couple who have gifted countless nights of glory to world football watch the semifinals of the Champions League from the sofa at home.
A historical situation that has not occurred since the 2005 season, when the Liverpool came out champion after solving a difficult table in which the semifinals were made up of the pairings between Milan-PSV and Chelsea-Liverpool where they were neither Ronaldo or Messi.
In the last 15 years, both have been the main protagonists of a competition that Cristiano has managed to conquer on five occasions (one with the Manchester United and four with him Real Madrid) and the Argentine in four (all with Bara).
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The statistics show that both have had a great importance in the scorer section. The Portuguese has been the tournament’s top scorer seven times, followed by Messi who has achieved it in six. Gerd Mller He appears third in this particular ranking, having achieved it four times.
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Messi he can boast of having managed to score at least one goal in two finals. CR7, for his part, he has scored in four of the five finals he has played in total. In global numbers, the ex-Madridista who now seems to be looking for a new destination outside of Juventus has managed to 130 goals and 38 assists in 170 games while the azulgrana adds 115 goals and 33 passes in 142 games contested in continental competition. Therefore, the scoring average of the Barça star is slightly higher (0.04 points since it has 0.8 by 0.76 of the Portuguese). His hunger in the Champions League has always been insatiable.
Although those big figures have suffered a turnaround this year. Lewandowski, who still has at least one game left, tops the list of top scorers with 14 goals in 8 games played. Erling Braut Hland He has 10 in 8 games and Gnabry 7 in 8. The first Barça player is Surez with 5 goals in 7 games. Messi and Cristiano are slow to appear in this curious ranking. Leo emerges in 38th place having scored 3 goals in 8 games while Madeira is a little higher, in 20th place, with 4 in 8. Both have been this course far from what they have been. Their contribution has not been decisive for their clubs.
At 35, Christian seems to have realized that outside the Real Madrid it is very difficult to lift the ‘Orejona’. Although her performances in the highest continental competition have been good, with Juve she has not been able to repeat the triumphs that she lived in Spain.
MessiAt 33, he has ‘wasted’ a golden cycle in the Bara where he has achieved many successes (four Champions included) but where he only enjoyed one in the last nine years. The new stars make their way in Europe where Leo and Cris they have ceased to have maximum influence. Neither of them will be in the final in Lisbon and the debate about their end of the cycle in the Champions League begins to open.
Time passes for the two world stars that have dominated soccer for the past decade. While the sand goes down the clock, other stars such as Neymar, Halaand, Mbapp, Sterling or Joao Flix gain weight as the editions progress. Time passes and the Champions League does not wait for anyone.