Eliminated early from the Champions League, the two best players in the world of football will not be at the quarter-finals. If of course they intend to come back next year, they find themselves today at a crossroads.
Information has been looping on social networks since the final whistle between PSG and FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening. For the first time since 2005 , there will be neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, this competition which has greatly contributed to building their legend. Between them, it’s a total of 9 Champions League wins and 253 goals scored. They will not be able to improve these statistics, released by PSG for one, FC Porto for the other.
The two best players in the world won’t make it to the quarter-finals and that’s something you will have to get used to over the next few years. Time does its work. Cristiano Ronaldo is 36 years old and despite his daily work and his healthy lifestyle, he will not be able to hide the marks of age indefinitely. Lionel Messi is 33 years old, but his 3 years of difference with his biggest rival are mitigated by a form of weariness that is increasingly visible. One thing is certain, the two still dream of lifting the cup to the big ears. How, and above all, in which team?
What future for Messi and CR7?
Lionel Messi comes to the end of his contract at the end of the season. The context is different from last summer, during which he wanted to leave FC Barcelona, before changing his mind in the face of the legal battle that this could represent. If things have changed with the election of Joan Laporta, determined to keep La Pulga in his squad, there is no indication that Messi will stay in Catalonia. PSG, his executioner in the Champions League this season, and Manchester City would be delighted to welcome him, while MLS hopes so too, one day or another .
Cristiano Ronaldo, he represents the failure of the policy of Juventus Turin. The Old Lady had decided to strike hard by spending € 100m to recruit him to Real Madrid in 2018, with a view to winning the Champions League. The five-time Ballon d’Or failed in his European quest, making his salary heavier than ever in the eyes of Bianconeri leaders and supporters. The Turin club will reflect on the economic viability of an additional year with CR7, while it still has a year of contract … This duo of magnificent players and this rivalry that has enchanted the football planet for more than 15 years will not disappear without one last dance, before finally leaving the light to Mbappé, Haaland, Neymar and the others. It remains to be seen where.