Messi ready to grab Ronaldo’s Champions League crown?

The long reign of Cristiano Ronaldo as the king of European club football is over and a known rival is waiting behind the scenes to claim his crown.

While Ronaldo left the Champions League with Juventus on Tuesday night, ending his hopes of winning a fourth consecutive medal in the competition, Lionel Messi guided Barcelona in the semi-finals with a victory over Manchester United.

Messi is ready to win the title of Ronaldo in the Champions League?
Messi is ready to win the title of Ronaldo in the Champions League?

Messi scored two goals, the first representing a superb curling effort from the edge of the box, the second a gift from David de Gea, who let his sneaky shot squirm under him and into the goal.

Ronaldo also scored for the 126th time of the competition, but that was not enough as Ajax came from behind to win a 2-1 win in the night in Turin and a total 3-2 win in total.

The Barca will play its last four meetings with Porto or Liverpool, hoping Messi will get a fifth medal in the Champions League, along with his Portuguese rival – the only other player in world football to be in the same class like Argentina.

Ronaldo’s race ends

Ronaldo scored 126 goals in the Champions League, including 65 incredible in the round of 16.

The last time he did not reach at least the semifinal phase was the 2009-10 season, when his Real Madrid team was eliminated in the last 16 by Lyon.

Ronaldo’s victories in 2008 and 2014 have been added in each of the last three seasons, but he will not reach a fourth consecutive final thanks to Light’s Matthijs head for Ajax.

The striker has played 48 Champions League matches since the start of the 2015-16 season: 31 wins, 8 draws and 8 defeats. During this race, he scored 49 goals and collected another 14 assists.

Ronaldo’s first-half lead in Turin allowed him to score his 25th goal in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Messi had to put an end to a drought against United.

Paul Pogba sends a warning to Barcelona before the Champions League clash

Paul Pogba has warned Barcelona that this is only half-time in his quarter-final match of the Champions League, while Manchester United will try to repeat his comeback against PSG in the final round.

Paul Pogba sends a warning to Barcelona before the Champions League clash
Paul Pogba sends a warning to Barcelona before the Champions League clash

Luke Shaw scored a goal in the 12th minute and allowed the Spanish champions to win 1-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg and score a valuable goal at Camp Nou. But PSG has scored two goals in the last 16 games before United managed a spectacular turnaround at Parc des Princes, and Pogba encourages his team to do the same.

Paul Pogba sends a warning to Barcelona before the Champions League clash
Paul Pogba sends a warning to Barcelona before the Champions League clash

‘The game is not over. The French, who missed the return leg against PSG, told after Saturday’s win against West Ham. “I know it’s Barcelona, we play at home, but it’s never closed. It’s another 90 minutes. The first half is gone, now it’s the second half.

That’s why we play football, against these teams, the quarter-finals of the Champions League is simply magnificent. We just have to enjoy it, do our best and trust ourselves. Pogba scored twice at the penalty spot to clinch the hammer and earn three valuable points in the race for the first four on Saturday.

David de Gea also exerted considerable influence in the match, making an incredible stop to deny Michail Antonio. The Spaniard believes that the result is the ideal way to prepare to face Barca. He explained:

“After today, we can leave with more confidence, with the three points. A big challenge, a special occasion in Spain against Barcelona, the night of the Champions League, so it will be an incredible match. “

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Matthaus says Liverpool is “personal favourite” of Champions League

Former German international legend Lothar Matthaus has supported Liverpool to win the Champions League this season after eliminating his former club.

Matthaus says Liverpool is "personal favourite" of Champions League
Matthaus says Liverpool is “personal favourite” of Champions League

Matthaus had already advised the Bavarians to warn against the power of our attack in the second leg, but a 3-1 aggregate win at the Allianz Arena in March allowed us to get into the last eight.

Speaking to Goal, the winner of the 1991 FIFA World Player of the Year does not share the belief that German football has lost the momentum of its European competitors. “Other countries have had dry periods and our teams have faced strong opponents in the round of 16,” he said in defence.

The German thinks we can go to the end of the competition. We’ve always thought about that too, but for some, it takes a categorical defeat in their own backyard to convince them that we can do it.

Our victory over Bayern was not only the appeasement of the giants of the Bundesliga, but it is also an affirmation of the relative gap that separates us.

“Bayern has not deserved progress in both games,” he said rightly. “You do not expect so much from Schalke, given his Bundesliga results this season.

“They surpassed their standards last season when they became finalists.

“Dortmund had a good first half against Tottenham in the first leg and the second leg. This is not enough at this level. If you want to progress against a high-level team, you must produce optimal performance in both games in over 90 minutes. ”

With four Premier League teams in the Champions League for the first time in ten years, Bayern still lacks some additions to compete with players like the Reds and other powerful teams from Europe’s top leagues.

Messi is not part of Barcelona vs Man Utd Champions League quarter-final

Messi was injured during the international break with Argentina. Lionel Messi was excluded from the confrontation between Manchester United and the Champions League.

Messi is out of the Barca vs Man Utd CL Quarter Final Match
Messi is out of the Barca vs Man Utd CL Quarter Final Match

The Argentine superstar, who occupies the captaincy of Barcelona, suffered a huge setback after being injured in Monday’s training session after defeating Espanyol in the Catalan derby of the league. It is interesting to note that this development will be a great boost for Manchester United, which had to face its own crisis before the last clash against PSG, which will last sixteen years.

10 stars of the first team missed the second leg, but the men of Solskjaer made a comeback to beat the French 3-1 at the Parc des Princes. In the final count, Messi was injured in the international friendly between Argentina and Venezuela and was out of the draw with Morocco. However, the playmaker was back in the game against Espanyol this weekend, where he scored a fantastic free-kick panenka. Messi aggravated the injury during Monday’s session and is expected to go through a re-education phase.

In response to the injury, Edu Pons, Barca’s coach, revealed that the injury would keep Messi from staying for two weeks. “He will definitely miss the first leg. Messi has aggravated the pubic bone injury and we think the region has been under excessive pressure, “said the coach. Meanwhile, the club’s boss, Ernesto Valverde, insists that the other members of the team must unite and fight as a group, even if he took advantage of Messi’s injury.

“It’s obviously a hard blow. Messi is the best player in the world, but we have to regroup and leave him behind us, “said Valverde. “The things Messi brings to the game are second to none, we all know it. It’s better for him to rest and come back stronger, “he summed up. Earlier, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi had revealed he had suffered a groin injury since last December. This latest revelation could be encouraging news for Manchester United ahead of its quarter-final Champions League win against Barcelona.

Champions League 100 Club: Thierry Henry

A UEFA Champions League with Arsenal hero, Henry is the latest captain in our string.

Thierry Henry wrote himself into club history at Arsenal but it was with Barcelona that the graceful forward lastly tasted UEFA Champions League game. Get your Champions League Tickets from the most reliable platform.

Champions League 100 Club: Thierry Henry
Champions League 100 Club: Thierry Henry

Best performance:

Winner (Barcelona, 2009)

If you don’t remember him:

A 1996 EURO champions for hosts France along with the likes of Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas, David Trezeguet and Nicolas Anelka, Henry had really been given his first appearance two years before by Arsene Wenger, who was to rapidly leave the club. In January 1999, following a FIFA World Cup triumph, Henry joined Juventus but it was a miserable move and that August, Wenger took him to Arsenal.

Once Wenger had moved Henry from the division to the centre of attack, he began an eight-season spell where he overtook Ian Wright as Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 226 goals, including 42 in Europe, claiming two Premier League titles and UEFA Champions League final.

In 2007 Henry attached Barcelona, and having added UEFA EURO 2000 and FIFA Federation Cup glory with France to add to that 1998 World Cup victory, he was to lift the 2009 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and FIFA World Cup to complete the set. From 2010 to 2014 Henry evicted for New York Red Bulls, with a cameo Arsenal return on loan in 2012.

How he made it to 100 appearances:

An 18-year old Henry made his European debut in the UEFA Cup in September 1995 for Monaco against Leeds United. He had to wait until 1 October 1997 for his UEFA Champions League, scoring twice in a 4-0 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen for the ultimate semi-finalists. Henry’s sole European exterior for Juve was in a 0-0 UEFA Intertoto Cup draw with Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt in July 1999.

In all, Henry jagged 35 UEFA Champions League goals in 77 games for Arsenal, even if he fell just short of his and the club’s first title at Stade de France in 2006 against Barcelona. It was with that club that Henry passed 100 appearances in the 5-2 win at Sporting CP in November 2008 and registered his 50th goal in 4-0 quarter-final trounce of Bayern Munchen in April 2009.

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UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad

Henri  Delaunay Trophy balloon takes fight Europe as qualifying for UEFA EURO begins. To enjoy more exciting matches, grab your Champions League Tickets.

UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad
UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad

UEFA has announced the starting line-up of UEFA 2020 representative tasked with promoting the final contest, which will be held in 12 European cities from 12 June to 12 July 2020 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the contest.

Thirty-four legends who have distinguished the history of the UEFA European Football Championship were represented by UEFA EURO ’92 winner Peter Schmeichel, UEFA EURO 2000 winner David Trezeguet and UEFA EURO 2004 finalist Luís Figo at a outset event at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, after which the Henri Delaunay Trophy balloon took passage for a unique voyage across Europe.

UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad
UEFA launches UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors’ squad

“I am proud that EURO legends such as Peter Schmeichel, David Trezeguet and Luís Figo are vigorously concerned in promoting 60 years of the UEFA European Football contest,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “As EURO finalists, they have all contributed to creating many of the most iconic recollections in the history of this great rivalry, and we look forward to their involvement in underneath UEFA EURO 2020 – an event that will be much nearer to football fans than ever before.”

“I am delighted to be part of such of an elite set of ambassadors,” said former France international soccer player David Trezeguet, whose ‘golden goal’ in extra-time in the final besides Italy gave his country the UEFA EURO 2000 title, “especially as this will be the major EURO ever. Eight capital cities and 11 of the 12 venues with capacities in a surplus of 50,000 tells you that the EURO has never before been hosted on this range, and I anticipate that each of the host cities will bring their own local temperament to what is a global event. For me, there is much more to UEFA EURO 2020 than football. It will be true merriment across 12 great venues and an appropriate way to celebrate the 60 years of this great competition.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star charged for ‘cojones’ celebration

Christiano Ronaldo is in front of disciplinary action after his “cojones” celebration in Juventus’ good win of 3-0 alongside Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. To enjoy more exciting matches, grab your Champions League Tickets.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star charged for 'cojones' celebration
Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star charged for ‘cojones’ celebration

After his hat-trick, Ronaldo appeared to mimic Atletico manager Diego Simeone, who celebrated a goal by grabbing his crotch in the first leg of the tie.

Christiano Ronaldo has been fined €20.000 by UEFA for his “cojones” celebration during Juventus’ last-16 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo’s case will be grasped with by its Control, Disciplinary Body at its previous meeting on March 21.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel found Ronaldo guilty of the improper conduct, but he avoids a ban for his side’s Champions League quarterfinal against Ajax next month.

Fine to Ronaldo was the same amount forced on Simeone for his “obscene” celebration during Atleti’s 2-0 victory in Madrid. The legendary player is paying for his mistake which he conducts during the match in excitement.

Ronaldo’s celebration came after he had scored a late penalty to secure his hat-trick and Juventus’ passage through to the quarterfinals on summative.

The Portugal captain will face Ukraine and Serbia in the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after getting his first international conscription since the 2018 World Cup.

The forward was facing an indecent conduct charge under Art.11 (2) (b) and Art.11 (2) (d) of the UEFA disciplinary regulations.

 “The CEBD has decided to fine the Juventus player Christiano Ronaldo €20,000 for improper conduct.”

Ronaldo now will be clear to play in the next month’s quarter-final tie against Dutch club Ajax.

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Iker Casillas Tells Liverpool to Respect Porto in Champions League

Porto goalkeeper Casillas insists his team must be respected by Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final.

Iker Casillas Tells Liverpool to Respect Porto in Champions League
Iker Casillas Tells Liverpool to Respect Porto in Champions League

Liverpool should not undervalue Porto in the Champions League quarter-final, says the Portuguese club’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

An all- English tie between Manchester City and Tottenham and with Manchester United drawn against Barcelona, Liverpool is going to face the team they out cold in the last-16 stage last season by 5-0 aggregate score.

In six games Liverpool has never lost a European match alongside Porto.

But Casillas, who has won the contest three times with Real Madrid have warned his current side are competent of matching any team left in the competition. People are looking forward to Liverpool’s victory again and got their Champions League Tickets.

Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the Champions League last season
Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the Champions League last season

“We do believe we can go through to the next stage,” Casillas said, after confirming he will end his career at Porto following the end of a new two-and-a-half-year deal.

“That is our mentality. There is no other possible thought

“It is not a tie between a big and small side. And we should not look back to what happened last season when they knocked us out of the competition.

“We have great respect for Liverpool and every other club involved in the Champions League. But I believe the other teams also respect Porto. They should know we have top players competent in facing any other side.

Liverpool have not lost to Porto in Europe in six matches
Liverpool have not lost to Porto in Europe in six matches

“However, the immediate priority for us is the league. We want to win it again, so we have to face it as a priority now.

“Then, when the Champions League comes back around, I’m sure that the manager, my team-mates and I, will do everything possible to reach the next round.”

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