For the first time since 2005, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are missing from the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The 33-year-old Argentinian was eliminated on Wednesday with FC Barcelona by Paris Saint-Germain in the eighth finals and on Tuesday against FC Porto, the curtain fell for Juventus.

Sixteen years ago, the then seventeen-year-old Messi made his debut for Barcelona in the Champions League.

Chelsea was then in the eighth finals over two games too strong for the Catalans.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his twentieth birthday that season 2004/2005 as a basic player for Manchester United, which was then beaten by AC Milan in the eighth finals.

Messi and Barcelona then only made it to the last eight in 2007 and not this season, while Ronaldo was eliminated in 2006 (Manchester United), 2010 (Real Madrid), 2020 (Juventus) and thus before the quarter-finals this year.

Messi and / or Ronaldo in quarter finals CL

  • 2005/2006: Messi (FC Barcelona)

  • 2006/2007: Ronaldo (Manchester United)

  • 2007/2008: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Manchester United)

  • 2008/2009: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Manchester United)

  • 2009/2010: Messi (FC Barcelona)

  • 2010/2011: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2011/2012: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2012/2013: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2013/2014: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2014/2015: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2015/2016: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2016/2017: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2017/2018: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

  • 2018/2019: Messi (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (Juventus)

  • 2019/2020: Messi (FC Barcelona)

Messi scores 119th CL goal

Barcelona drew 1-1 against PSG on Wednesday in Paris and that was nowhere near enough to continue after the 1-4 defeat at Camp Nou three weeks ago.

Messi missed a penalty, but also brilliantly scored his 119th goal for the Spanish club in the Champions League.

Messi has now scored fifteen times less in the ball of millions than Ronaldo (134).

The number three on the eternal top scorers list, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, is at a great distance with 72 goals.

It may have been Messi's last Champions League goal for 'Barça', because the star player has an expiring contract.

The 36-year-old Ronaldo's contract with Juventus expires in mid-2022.


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