Paris and Manchester are separated by 825 kilometers and in the middle it crosses the English Channel. But every time they play Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both cities seem to come together. After a furious start to the season for the Portuguese – he scored four goals in his first three games with United – and low for the Argentine at PSG due to physical problems, the present is totally opposite. This Saturday, on ’30’ he scored his first goal -good- in Ligue 1 on the 3-1 win over Nantes, while the ‘7’ hardly attended in the fall (4-1) to Watford in the Premier League.
Both are on the initial list released by FIFA of nominees for The Best Awards. Along with Cristiano and Messi are the names of Benzema, De Bruyne, Lewandowski, Neymar, Haaland, Jorginho, Kantpe, Mbappé and Salah.
The Parc des Princes was the perfect setting for Lionel’s debut in the French tournament networks. “Impossible to predict that he would need three months to make his first target”, tweeted the Spanish statistician Mr. Chip. Messi needed exactly 412 minutes to celebrate for the first time in Ligue 1. He has already scored three goals in the Champions League, but in the domestic championship he was in debt.
And it’s not that I haven’t tried. Against Nantes, for example, the Rosario finished six times (four on goal) but the French goalkeeper Lafont avoided the conquest. At 87 minutes, with the game uphill – PSG drew 1-1 and had one man less after Keylor Navas was sent off – Messi received a pass from Kylian Mbappé in three quarters of the rival field, shot to the right. He controlled, faced the defender making a diagonal towards the middle and from outside the area he finished off the far post. Golazo. Typical move of him.
“I wanted to score my first goal in the league, I’m very happy”said the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or 2021 -I would be the seventh in their showcases-. Lionel unknowingly reached 15 touchdowns from outside the box in 2021. No player, club or national team could score more goals that way.
Within days of knowing the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or, Messi could close a great year. Champion of America being the best of the contest, already installed in Qatar 2022 despite the fact that there are still four dates left for the qualifying rounds to end and, according to French media, notified to win the award for best player of 2021.
Christian and seven days to forget
The Manchester United He still does not lift his head. This Saturday they fell 4-1 against Watford for the Premier League, a result that aggravates the crisis that the ‘Red Devils’ are experiencing. Despite the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who reached 36 goal passes and was among the top 100 assistants in the history of the tournament, the team led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost and only added one victory in their last eight games (four defeats). and three draws).
The present does not smile at ‘CR7’. In the last seven days he saw how his team wasted the opportunity to qualify directly for the next World Cup and now he will have to play it in the playoffs, and he witnessed another defeat for his team. A result that puts the Norwegian coach between the ropes. In fact, according to English media, his departure could be made official in the next few hours.
“Time to roll up your sleeves and get the job done”, the 36-year-old Portuguese posted in the run-up to the clash against Watford. However, there was little he could do before the onslaught of the cast of Claudio Ranieri that snapped a streak of two consecutive losses.
Cristiano He also fights for the Ballon d’Or, but his chances are further away than Lionel Messi. And the present of both, opposites, gives the right to the South American who awaits, between celebrations, the award.
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