Champions League semi-final without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since 2004-05

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two living legends. The age-old argument is that who is the best.

But the truth is, you can’t mention one without the other, and if there is silverware, an individual award or a new record being set – these two won’t be far from the action.

Sadly, for the first time since 2004-05, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will make an appearance in the Champions League semi-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo was already knocked out of the competition from the round of 16 as Juventus failed to beat Lyon. Whereas Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona suffered a humiliating defeat by a ferocious Bayern Munich side by a big margin of 8-2 in the quarter-finals.

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The stats of these two GOATs are phenomenal in this competition also. Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time highest goalscorer of the Champions League. He has scored 130 goals with 40 assists in his 170 games in this competition. He is the only player to win this competition for 5 times [2007-08,2013-14,2015-16,2017-18,2018-19]. He is also the top scorer in a single season in the competition scoring 17 goals in 2013-14 season.

On the other hand, Lionel Messi has scored 115 goals with 33 assists in his 143 games in this tournament winning this competition for 4 times. [2005-06,2008-09,2010-11,2014-15]

The world was shocked with this unknown stat after UEFA Champions League’s official twitter page twitted this one. All the football lovers around the globe are incubus to think that is it the starting of the end of this beautiful journey? We all hope that it is wrong so that we can enjoy this rivalry for some more years.

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