Bayern Munich's monster victory over FC Barcelona (8-2) on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Champions League has produced a special statistic. For the first time since 2005, we don't see Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo back in the last four.
In the past fourteen seasons, at least one of the two world stars has always been there in the semi-finals. For Messi this was the case nine times (with Barcelona) and Ronaldo was present on behalf of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus eleven times.
A week ago, the curtain fell for Ronaldo and Juventus in the quarter-finals. It was true that Olympique Lyon was beaten 2-1, but that was not enough after a 1-0 defeat in France.
The defeat of Barcelona, the Champions League winner 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015, also means that for the first time in thirteen years no Spanish club is represented in the semi-finals.
The superior Bayern took third place in the ball of millions after Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig. On Saturday, Manchester City and Lyon will compete for the last ticket.
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