At the beginning of April, we will therefore be entitled to the private quarter-finals of the two footballers who have monopolized the attention for more than a decade. Quarterbacks without the two men to the 11 Ballons d’Or, this had not happened since 2005.
A great suffering, a huge Navas and Paris goes back in quarters
AN HOUR AGO
Lionel Messi was then a youngster who was building himself in the shadow of Ronaldinho. Cristiano Ronaldo was learning the trade with Sir Alex Ferguson’s hair dryer. That season, Barcelona had folded in the eighth against Chelsea Mourinho after an exceptional return match. United, for their part, had suffered the cold lethality of AC Milan, future winner of the competition.
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Since then, often together, sometimes one without the other, they had taken center stage. For the following balance sheet. For once, we wanted to combine their collective achievements, without opposing the two men:
- 9 wins in the Champions League
- 1 final lost
- 10 participations in the semi-finals
- 253 buts
The absence of these two leaders at the time of European spring is obviously symbolic, in the first place. But she probably says something more. Because, if we can extend the time, we never go back. At 33 and 36, the Argentinian and the Portuguese – who had already deserted the C1 far from the top last season – are less impactful and, also, less well surrounded than they were. By force of circumstance, both weigh less on collectives which hardly replace them when things turn sour. The consequence is before our eyes. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will not brighten up the end of the continental season. See you in 2022 to ensure that the parenthesis was really one and not an end point.
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