Without precedent for a long time, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo won’t highlight in the elimination rounds of UEFA Champions League. The last time it had happened was in the 2004-05 season, which was Messi’s introduction and Ronaldo’s third season in first class football.
Barcelona endured an enormous embarassment as their 2-8 thrashing to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals on Friday, while Ronaldo’s Juventus were taken out from the Round of 16 by Lyon.
Both the veterans of the match have dominated nine Champions League titles among one another. While Messi has won it multiple times with Barcelona, Ronaldo has won one with Manchester United and four with Real Madrid. The Argentine’s last Champions League wonder was in 2014-15, while Ronaldo’s last was in the 2017-18 season.
In the mean time, Bayern Munich on Friday scripted history as they pounded Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals of the progressing UEFA Champions League. The Bavarians took the Catalans out of the competition to book their elimination round billet.
The eight objectives scored in Lisbon by Bayern Munich are the most scored by any group in a knockout game throughout the entire existence of Europe’s chief club rivalry.
Additionally, it was the first run through since 1946 that Barcelona surrendered eight objectives. Their last such embarassment had come 74 years prior when Sevilla crushed them 8-0. Leaving the Champions League, Barcelona completed their season with no noteworthy title just because since 2008.
Juventus, then again, were taken out of this current season’s UEFA Champions League from the pre-quarters based on an away objective. Despite the fact that Juventus won 2-1 in the subsequent leg at home, the total score stayed 2-2 because of Lyon’s urgent 1-0 win in the main leg in March.