Ronaldo's Juventus gets Messi's Barcelona in CL group stage

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face each other in the Champions League group stage for the first time.

Messi’s Barcelona was drawn from the pot of second-seeded teams Thursday into the group where Ronaldo’s Juventus team was already placed as a top seed.

The 35-year-old Ronaldo and the 33-year-old Messi had a long-standing rivalry in the Spanish league when the Portugal star was with Real Madrid, but have never faced each other so early in the Champions League.

Players of Bayern Munich with goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer, center, celebrate after winning the German Bundesliga Supercup soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Andreas GebertPool via AP)

They did meet in the 2009 final, when Messi scored as Barcelona beat Ronaldo and Manchester United 2-0.

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