Europa League winners Sevilla and Chelsea will expect to battle it out for the top two positions in what appears to be the most straightforward group to emerge from the draw. Dan Thomas is joined by Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop and others to bring you the latest highlights and debate the biggest storylines. Will it be any different this time around? In 2019, Messi put on a masterclass against Manchester United in the quarter-final 2nd leg, scoring twice. Messi has scored 47 goals in the Champions League knockout stages in 71 appearances, scoring a goal every 130.5 minutes on average. Another that stands out is Messi's destruction of Bayern Munich in the 2015 semi-final, during which he literally floored Jerome Boateng through his movement alone. In short, both players have delivered on the big stage, with Messi winning all 3 of the finals he's appeared in, whilst Ronaldo has won 5 out of 6. The two men have dominated the Champions League, with Ronaldo winning five European Cups -- two more than Messi. What's wrong with the giants? Messi's lethal left foot has accounted for 93 of his 115 Champions League goals (80.9%). Currently on 115 career Champions League goals, Messi is hunting down his Portuguese nemesis for the overall record.
Borussia Dortmund will be favourites to top this group, especially if Manchester United target Jadon Sancho remains at the club to build on his forward partnership with Erling Haaland.
Gab Marcotti claims Man United are in one of the toughest UCL groups alongside PSG and RB Leipzig. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have practically rewritten the Champions League record books as their careers have progressed, a selection of which are listed below. His record in the Champions League is typically staggering, and over the last decade the Argentine and his chief rival Cristiano Ronaldo have consistently raised the bar by which others are measured. The top line? 25 different players have assisted Messi in the Champions league. Additionally, Ronaldo's dribbling and passing stats are likely to be higher before 2009 when he was more of a genuine winger and more involved in the build-up play.
Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have enjoyed great success in the competition, with Messi lifting the trophy 4 times with Barcelona, whilst Ronaldo has won it 5 times; once with Manchester United and fours times with Real Madrid. The Argentine has also notched more goals in the round of 16 than any other player (27).
A head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as Juventus and Barcelona were paired together in Group G, in a game that could also see fans inside the stadium after UEFA confirmed grounds can be up to 30 percent full for fixtures if local regulations permit. Ukrainian champions Shakhtar are seasoned performers in the Champions League and a dangerous opponent, particularly in Ukraine, while Monchengladbach have become one of the leading teams in Germany under coach Marco Rose.
In 2011, Messi produced an outstanding performance as his Barcelona side completely outclassed Manchester United, winning the game 3-1 with Messi scoring the crucial second goal. Two-thirds (67.8%) of Messi's Champions league strikes have come from inside the penalty area (not including 6 yard box goals).
Messi's 26 goals against English clubs is one behind Ronaldo's record for the most goals scored against teams from one nation (Ronaldo has scored 28 times against German opposition). This page contains information about a player's detailed stats. Despite Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning goal-surge in recent years, Messi still actually boasts the superior ratios, scoring 0.80 goals per game compared to Ronaldo's 0.76 goals per game. Man United, Man City, Bayern and Liverpool all look vulnerable. The Champions League has featured some of the best goalscorers in history. Ajax and Atalanta, the surprise packages of the last two Champions League campaigns, could make life difficult for Jurgen Klopp's team at home, but even without the backing of a noisy and passionate Anfield, Liverpool will be too strong for their rivals. The "Detailed stats" tab shows a player's total appearances, goals, cards and cumulative minutes of play for each competition, and indicates the season in which it occurred. Both Messi and Ronaldo have good records in Champions League finals, appearing in 9 finals between them. Gab Marcotti says fans "won't want to miss a minute" of group G in the Champions League as Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo. Atletico should not underestimate the threat they will pose, even with their new strike pairing of Diego Costa and Luis Suarez.
Gab Marcotti says fans "won't want to miss a minute" of group G in the Champions League as Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has played in 6 Champions League finals, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist.
Leipzig will miss Timo Werner's goals following his summer move to Chelsea, but they have held onto defensive rock Dayot Upamecano. MUST-SEE MATCH: Juventus vs. Barcelona.