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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet again after more than two years: the face to face of their careers

2023-01-19T15:05:13.301Z


Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet this Thursday for the first time since December 2020... and perhaps for the last time.


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(CNN Spanish) --

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet this Thursday for the first time since December 2020. And, perhaps, it will be the last duel between the two most brilliant footballers of the generation.

On that occasion, more than two years ago, Ronaldo's Juventus beat Messi's Barcelona 3-0 in a match corresponding to the Champions League.

This Thursday's match will also be at the club level, but in very different instances: Messi's PSG will play a friendly match against a star team from the Saudi Arabian league —which is where Ronaldo has played since December, when he signed for the Al-Nassr.

The match will begin at 12 noon ET.

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    Saudi Arabian stars: Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet again

While Messi has already returned to activity with PSG (with a goal in his return match) after being world champion with Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo has not made his debut with Al Nassr since his arrival after the World Cup with Portugal, with whom He reached the quarterfinals, although he had little participation.

Given the possibility that it is their last duel, below we do a face-to-face of the careers of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to data from Transfermarkt.

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Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: the face to face of their careers

Cristiano Ronaldo greets Lionel Messi before the Champions League group G football match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 8, 2020. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Lionel Messi

  • Matches played with the Argentina national team: 172

  • Goals with Argentina: 98

  • Assists with Argentina: 55

  • Matches played in clubs (Barcelona from Spain and PSG from France): 833

  • Goals in clubs (Barcelona of Spain and PSG of France): 696

  • Assists in clubs (Barcelona of Spain and PSG of France): 332

  • Titles: 41 (one World Cup, Copa América, one Olympic gold medal, one "Finalissima" and 37 club trophies), plus 7 Ballon d'Ors

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Matches played with the Portugal team: 196

  • Goals with Portugal: 118

  • Assists with Portugal: 43

  • Matches played in clubs (Sporting Lisbon from Portugal, Manchester United from England, Real Madrid from Spain and Juventus from Italy): 949

  • Goals in clubs (Sporting Lisbon from Portugal, Manchester United from England, Real Madrid from Spain and Juventus from Italy): 701

  • Club assists (Sporting Lisbon from Portugal, Manchester United from England, Real Madrid from Spain and Juventus from Italy): 223

  • Titles: 34 (one European Championship, one UEFA Nations League and 32 club trophies), as well as 5 Ballon d'Ors

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Source: cnnespanol

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