In theJuventus will face Barcelona, so unquestionably it will be Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi for the 37th time. Since Juventus thrashed Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League group stage in December 2020 the pre-season friendly at Camp Nou will be their first meeting.
For many months, it appeared that neither of these Ballon d’Or serial winners would be at their clubs for the 2021-22 season. All indications point to them facing off again in Juve and Barcelona jerseys. On Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo is suspected to return to Turin to initiate training on Monday with his Bianconeri teammates. He was given more time off after Portugal advanced to the UEFA EURO 2020 knockout stages.
It appears that CR7 will stay at the Old Lady although there are still rumors that he will leave for Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The same is speculated for Lionel Messi, who is currently a free agent after his contract with Barcelona was allowed to expire on June 30. He has been negotiating a new contract with the Catalan club in which he was allegedly asked to cut his salary by half. After several failed Final appearances the 34-year-old recently won the Copa America with Argentina, his first major international trophy.
Ronaldo and Messi have met 36 times on the field in their careers, with 18 of those encounters taking place in El Clasico Liga matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona. In their previous meetings, Lionel Messi won 16 times, Cristiano Ronaldo 11 times, and nine times ended in draws.
After CR7 scored twice in the most recent match for Juventus the Argentine also has a narrow advantage in goals scored, with 22 to 21. 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo has won Ballon d’Or five times, the most recently in 2017. On the other hand, Messi has won the prestigious award six times, most recently in 2019.