Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will face off for the first time since the latter’s move to Turin from Real Madrid two years ago
The heavyweight fixture will see Cristiano Ronaldo come up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the first time since his move to Juventus fromReal Madridin the summer of 2018.
The two men, who have shared 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them, enjoyed a historic rivalry inLa Ligaand will resume hostilities in Europe’s elite competition next month.
Reigning championsBayern Munichwill playAtletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg, and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A for a place in the knockout stages, having got their hands on the trophy for the sixth time by beating PSG 1-0 in Lisbon on August 23.
Manchester City were handed a more favourable draw against Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille in Group C, as they bid to win the competition for the first time in their history once again.The last English side to qualify from the Premier League wereChelsea, who will playEuropa LeaguewinnersSevilla, Krasnodar, andRennes, who will be making their first appearance on Europe’s biggest stage, in Group E.
In Group F,Zenit St Petersburg,Borussia Dortmund,Lazio, andClub Bruggewill do battle, with the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League set to kick off on October 20/21, with fixtures continuing through to early December to decide who will reach the last 16 stage.
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