Last Thursday the Champions League draw was held and fate wanted Barcelona and Juventus to be part of the same group and immediately began speculation about the cross between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. And one of those who gave his opinion on the matter was the Brazilian Rivaldo, a former Barcelona player, who highlighted: “I think the clash between Messi and Cristiano will give life to the Champions “.
The Brazilian, who was a Barcelona benchmark between 1997 and 2002, said in an interview with Betfair: “Barcelona and Juventus are in the same group of the Champions League and It will be beautiful to see this healthy duel that took place for so many years in Spanish football. “
Along the same lines, Rivaldo highlighted: “It has been said that Messi lowered his level a bit since Cristiano left Spain, so this is an excellent moment for both of them to excel again when they take the field.”
The first duel between Barcelona and Juventus is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 in Turin, while the return leg was further away: it will be played on December 8 at the Camp Nou.
“This clash will undoubtedly encourage the competition and with Dinamo Kiev and Ferencvaros in the same group, everything indicates that Barcelona and Juventus will qualify and fight for leadership,” said the former Brazilian star.
Although there are still three weeks left for this duel, Rivaldo confesses that he is eager to see it and also to appreciate what these two phenomena of world football can give: “Cristiano always wants to be the best and I am sure that Messi will not want to show any weakness against the Portuguese, so it only remains to sit comfortably and watch these two games that should be very pleasant to watch.
The departure of Suárez from Barcelona
During the interview, Rivaldo also referred to the departure of forward Luis Suárez from Barcelona: “I honestly believe that it will be a long time before Barcelona find someone with the finishing skills and fighting spirit of Suárez.”
And he concluded: “It will be very difficult to replace Suárez. It is difficult for me to find someone with the characteristics and experience of the Uruguayan striker, who stood out at the club and became the third top scorer in his history.”