Cristiano Ronaldo’s message to Lionel Messi after Juventus destroyed Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo’s message to Lionel Messi after Juventus destroyed Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi faced off for another time in their illustrious careers on Tuesday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Camp Nou for the first time since leaving Real Madrid – and promptly burned it down as Juventus brought down Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.

It what had been billed as potentially the final bout between the two greats, if this were a boxing match, it would have been stopped by the referee.

For while there was no lack of heart or effort from the Argentine, who himself had all seven of Barcelona’s shots on target, the current malaise engulfing the Catalan giants saw them swept aside by the Italian champions.

And front and centre throughout was the Portuguese superstar, who scored twice as Andrea Pirlo’s men swept to a 3-0 victory.Ronaldo notched a penalty double, with USA midfielder Weston McKennie also on target, as they claimed top spot in their Champions League group.

Speaking after the event, Ronaldo was asked about his eternal rival, to whom he paid tribute.

“I have always had a very good relationship with him,” the Juve star told Movistar.

“I shared 12, 13 or 14 years of award ceremonies with him. I never saw him as a rival.

“He always tries to do what is best for his team and me too. I always got along very well with him.

“But we know that in football, for the press, for the show, a rivalry is sought, but I have always gotten along well with him. I see him as always.”

Juve boss Andrea Pirlo was delighted with Ronaldo’s two-goal showing.

Speaking post-game, he said: “Ronaldo was very motivated to put in a good performance here against his eternal rival, so when you’re that motivated, it becomes simple.

“There are many games in a season and it’s easier to get fired up for games like this, but we mustn’t lose sight of the real target, which is Serie A, so we have to be this concentrated and committed there too.”

Juve’s win in Catalunya was the first time Barca had conceded three at home in the Champions League since May 2013, and a first group stage home loss since December 2008.

It also meant that Barca failed to finish top of a Champions League group for the first time since 2006-07, heaping more pressure on beleaguered boss Ronald Koeman.

Juve’s win in Catalunya was the first time Barca had conceded three at home in the Champions League since May 2013, and a first group stage home loss since December 2008.

 

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