We could have a Messi vs Ronaldo Champions League final

ROME, ITALY - MAY 27: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Manchester United FC and Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Everything seems set for yet another spectacular chapter for the ultimate rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, another UCL final.

Now that we know who is facing who in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal, the keys have been set to give us yet another possible epic confrontation between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It wouldn’t be in a two-match series though, we could eventually get these two playing against each other once again in a Champions League final for the second time in history.

The only other time that these two have met in a final of the biggest competition in European football was way back in 2009, when Cristiano Ronaldo was still playing for Manchester United and Messi was finishing a historic season at FC Barcelona under manager Pep Guardiola.

The match was played at Estadio Olimpico in Rome, it ended with a 2-0 victory for the Catalan club that saw Samuel Eto’o and Messi himself scoring the goals against the Red Devils.

Cristiano Ronaldo was nowhere to be seen on that evening, he was expected to play a far better game than he actually did and he wasn’t able to deliver on the first major confrontation between the two.

Soon after this major heartbreak, Ronaldo was eager to continue his rivalry with Messi and moved to Real Madrid in the summer.

Ronaldo’s road to the final

We are getting a little bit ahead of ourselves here, Cristiano Ronaldo will have to play four more potential matches before he even gets a chance to play the final.

First of all, the Portuguese player will have to face Ajax in the Quarterfinal round and possibly avenge his former Real Madrid teammates after getting eliminated by the Dutch squad in the round of 16.

Should Juventus get through to the semifinals, the Italian giants would have to play against one of two English clubs.

The other quarterfinal will be between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, which obviously has Pep Guardiola’s squad as the big favorite to get their ticket to the semifinal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Mauricio Pochettino manager / head coach of Tottenham Hotspur applauds during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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Ronaldo would face a major challenge against either one of both squads if he manages to eliminate Ajax, he is the one who has the last laugh in this competition as he proved it this week against Atletico Madrid.

There is no question that the Portuguese player was the most valuable asset for Juventus in the Round of 16, which leaves him as the most dangerous opponent for any club that decides to face in the competition this season and arguably as the biggest rival to beat.

Messi’s road to the final

Argentine forward Lionel Messi has a much more complicated road to the possible final, as FC Barcelona got Manchester United in the quarterfinal of the competition and they are set to face a revived Red Devils.

We all know that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will motivate his players to the extreme in order to play against the Catalan club, this is a very dangerous squad in counter-attacks and set pieces that won’t be the same type of challenge as Olympique Lyonnais was against Barcelona.

Messi will be the one player who is going to have to step up if he wants to reach the final again, but the potential semifinal looks even more complicated for the Blaugrana.

Should Lionel Messi and his teammates eliminate Manchester United, the squad they would be facing in the semifinal could be either Liverpool or FC Porto.

The Reds are the most likely opponent in the competition ahead of the final, which is arguably one of the most competitive sides in European football during the last couple of years.

If everything works out as we all wish it did, we have to be ready for another showdown between the two best players in football history.

Who would you pick in a confrontation between Messi and Ronaldo during a Champions League final? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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