Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are in contrasting situations as the 2020/21 season gets underway.
Ronaldo is eyeing Champions League glory under Andrea Pirlo at Juventus. It’s a fresh start at the Juventus Stadium and Ronaldo, 35, will play a key part in their attempts to become champions of Europe.
Messi, meanwhile, is entering what could be his final year at Barcelona. After a lengthy saga, the Argentinian agreed to remain at the Camp Nou but he made his feelings about the club very clear.
“The management of the club led by Bartomeu is a disaster,” Messi told Goal.
Messi turned 33 in the summer and, like Ronaldo, is entering the final stages of his career.
Yet you wouldn’t be able to tell from his most recent appearances.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has looked great in Barcelona’s pre-season fixtures, producing moments of magic in a friendly win over Girona and Saturday’s win over Elche in the Joan Gamper Trophy.
It was also a successful weekend for Ronaldo, who scored as Juventus got their Serie A campaign up and running with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria.
Ronaldo and Messi passes compared
However, a video has surfaced comparing the Portuguese star’s dismal no-look pass in the match - a skill Messi was able to complete with no problems last week.
Ronaldo’s sloppy no-look pass nearly hurt Juventus. Sampdoria launched a swift counter-attack and came close to making it 1-1 just before half-time.
On the other hand, Messi’s exquisite no-look pass led to Barcelona’s opener in their 3-1 win over Girona.
In all fairness, Ronaldo is never at his most effective when he’s 40 yards away from goal. But maybe leave the playmaking to someone else, Ronnie.
Messi also scored a stunning goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win against Girona.
He’s looked great since returning to action ahead of what could be his last year at the club.
Anyone for a Messi and Ronaldo link-up at Juventus in 2021?
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