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Messi, Ronaldo resume rivalry as Barca, Juve battle during UEFA group stage

By News Desk, with agency report

The football rivalry between Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, and Italian club, Juventus, striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, would be rekindled during 2020/2021 UEFA champions league group stage when both teams battle each other and other teams in Group G to emerge as winner.

During these fixtures between both teams, Ronaldo would come up against Messi for the first time after the former left Real Madrid for the Old lady of Turin in the summer of 2018. Between them, they have won 11 of the last 12 Ballons d’Or.

Meanwhile, beaten 2020 finalists Paris Saint-Germain will have a chance for revenge against Manchester United, who ousted the French club in the last 16 two seasons ago.

PSG will also come up against RB Leipzig in Group H. The sides met in last season’s semi-finals in Lisbon in August, with Paris winning 3-0 before losing to Bayern Munich in their first-ever final appearance.

English Premier League champions Liverpool, who won the Champions League in 2019, will face Ajax as well as Atalanta in Group D.

Holders Bayern will face Atletico Madrid and will also have a short trip across the border to Austria to take on Salzburg in Group A.

The group stage starts on October 20, and all six rounds of games will be crammed into eight weeks in a schedule that is even more packed than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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