Sports Messi vs Ronaldo and the winners and losers of the Champions League group stage draw

00:00  02 october  2020
00:00  02 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Ronaldo and Messi , who have combined for an incredible 11 of the last 12 Ballon d'Or awards, have both had a stranglehold on European football throughout Messi currently has one more Ballon d'Or in his trophy cabinet, but Ronaldo can point to a more impressive record in the Champions League

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have shared the world's biggest individual honours between them for the best part of a decade-and-a-half. Now very much in the later stages of their awesome respective careers, they come face to face in the Champions League after Juventus were drawn against Barcelona.

Elsewhere, holders Bayern Munich won't have it easy in a group containing Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid face some potentially tricky opposition in the form of Inter and Manchester United are cursing a nightmare draw.

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Cristiano Ronaldo 's Juventus will face Lionel's Messi 's Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stage , while defending champions Bayern Munich were drawn against Atletico Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are regarded as two of the greatest players in modern football.

The Champions League 2018-19 group - stage draw took place on Thursday in Monaco. All 32 participants were grouped into eight groups consisting of four teams, with Here are the results, along with everything else you need to know about the draw , including the winners and losers .

Man City, meanwhile, will be happy with their lot as will 2019 winners Liverpool.

Here are some of the winners and losers of Thursday's group stage draw.

Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo 2017 © Provided by Sporting News Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo 2017

Television companies around the world will be happy to see a rematch of the two greatest players of the modern era with Ronaldo versus Messi after Juventus drew Barcelona.

The rivalry between the two is huge - with Messi just ahead on Ballons d’Or while Ronaldo has the most goals in the Champions League.

With the uncertainty surrounding Barca after their humiliating exit to Bayern Munich in last season’s competition and Messi subsequently asking to leave the club, Ronaldo might just fancy the opportunity to press home his claim to be the greatest of the two.

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UEFA Champions League group stage draw . Geneva - Thursday 1 October 2020, 18:00 - your local time. The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify via one of

It should certainly be one to watch.

Winners: Chelsea

Frank Lampard looking at the camera: Frank Lampard Chelsea © Provided by Sporting News Frank Lampard Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s first season in European football as a coach ended with a heavy defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich but there was no disgrace in that as they trounced all opposition.

The Chelsea legend, however, needs to make an impact after a £200 million+ summer splurge on new signings and he will be happy with his chances of reaching the knockout stages again.

Sevilla showed their quality by winning the Europa League and cannot be taken lightly but with Russian side Krasnodar and French side Rennes playing in the Champions League for the first time, Chelsea should have time for his new arrivals to bed in and attack the competition in the second half of the year.

Winner: Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola on a court with a racket: Pep Guardiola Manchester City © Provided by Sporting News Pep Guardiola Manchester City

The Catalan coach has one last chance to win the Champions League with Manchester City and has been given a huge chance of breaking into the knockout stages at least based on the draw.

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Live updates: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will find out their group - stage opponents in Geneva. For the first time in the 10-year history of the men’s award, neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are on the three-man shortlist.

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place on 1 October ©UEFA via Getty Images. The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify

Six months ago, City were banned from the competition but have successfully overturned UEFA's ban on appeal. Guardiola, who won the trophy twice with Barcelona, has another opportunity to deliver the silverware the club wants more than any other.

Portuguese champions Porto are the biggest rivals along with Greek side Olympiakos, but City will be favourites to top Group C and progress to the last-16 as a seeded team.

However, they must be wary of Marseille, who finished higher in Ligue 1 than Lyon, the side that shocked City in last season’s quarter-finals.

Loser: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer Luton Manchester United 2020 © Provided by Sporting News Solskjaer Luton Manchester United 2020

The Manchester United boss has a balancing act between trying to get his side challenging for a first Premier League title in eight years and progressing in Europe. The draw has not helped his plans.

United cannot take the competition lightly but a draw against last season’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain and quarter-finalists RB Leipzig will be a huge test.

Solskjaer masterminded a shock victory over the French champions two years ago to virtually land the Old Trafford job on a permanent basis but that victory was as much down to PSG freezing and a controversial penalty as much as United’s quality.

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will face off in the Champions League group stage after Barcelona and Juventus were drawn together. The stellar clash of superstars still left space for intriguing draws in the other seven groups . Defending champion Bayern Munich was grouped with

Getting out of Group H will be a huge test of his coaching ability and one that a kinder draw would have seen him avoid.

Loser: Ajax

a person holding a green ball: Andre Onana Ajax © Provided by Sporting News Andre Onana Ajax

A lot has changed since Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 and were knocked out by an injury-time winner, and this draw seems to make it harder of seeing a repeat.

The Dutch club have now lost the quality of Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek and, most recently, Sergino Dest and while their famous academy will no doubt produce replacements in time, Erik ten Hag is facing a major task to get out of Group D.

They face top seeds Liverpool along with last season’s surprise packages Atalanta, who produced some thrilling attacking football to reach the last eight before their own heart-breaking late defeat to PSG.

Loser: Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane wearing a suit and tie: Zinedine Zidane Eden Hazard Real Madrid © Provided by Sporting News Zinedine Zidane Eden Hazard Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane missed out on winning the Champions League for the fourth time last season and the group draw has not been kind to him again this time.

Madrid will start as favourites for Group B but none of their clashes are straightforward after drawing Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk along with the dangerous pair of Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Spanish champions won just three of their eight Champions League games last season and have won only one of their last six European matches at Santiago Bernabeu.

A similar record could see an unthinkable early exit for the 13-time record winners.

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