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FC Barcelona v Juventus : FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo REUTERS/Albert Gea

Soccer fans all over the world eagerly awaited the prospect of watching Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo again when the Champions League draw put Barcelona and Juventus in the same group.

The two star players had not faced each other since the Portuguese striker swapped Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

However, the fans, had to wait when the two men were denied a reunion in Turin in October, as Ronaldo missed Barca’s 2-0 victory after a positive COVID-19 test.

So all eyes were on the duo on Tuesday, with Ronaldo healthy again and raring to go, and it was the Portuguese who convincingly came out on top, scoring two penalties as Juventus won the match with a score line of 3-0 to claim top spot in Group G.

A constant thorn in the Catalans’ side while in Spain with Real Madrid, the 35-year-old Ronaldo scored two penalties to take his goal tally against Barca to an astonishing 20 in 31 games.

It was not just his goal-scoring contribution that was the talking point. From the off, he looked much quicker than the Barca backline despite their significant age gap.

His game was perhaps best displayed up when, into the final 10 minutes with his team comfortably leading, Ronaldo tracked back and dispossessed Messi inside the Juventus box before leading the charge on a counter-attack.

On the other hand Argentine fought valiantly in what always looked to be a losing battle but at times he appeared alone in a disorganized attack.

He tested Juventus’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a number of times from distance but never looked like finding the back of the net on a night that very much belonged to his old foe, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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