The drawing ceremony of the UEFA Champions League group match for the new season will be held at 11 pm Beijing time tonight. This is the first time that Messi and Ronaldo’s team have the opportunity to be placed in the same group in the UEFA Champions League.
In the 2003/04 season, Ronaldo represented Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League debut against Stuttgart, while Messi made his UEFA Champions League debut in the 2004/05 season against Shakhtar Donetsk.
At present, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are the first and second goalscorers in the history of the Champions League. The two have directly played against each other on the stage of the Champions League. They were in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, 2008/09 UEFA Champions League finals and 2010/ The 11 season Champions League semi-finals, but the two never had a chance to meet in the Champions League group stage.
Since his Champions League debut, Messi has been playing for Barcelona. During Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United, since Barcelona and Manchester United have always belonged to the first-tier teams, they have no chance to be assigned to the same group in the group draw. After Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid, although the two teams played for Barcelona and Real Madrid had different seasons, but because the two teams belonged to the same football association, they also had no chance to meet in the group stage.
After Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus, in the past two seasons, both Barcelona and Juventus have qualified for the seeded team as league champions, and they also missed the same group.
In the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, Juventus, who completed nine consecutive Serie A titles, continued to appear in the group drawing ceremony as a seeded team, while Barcelona, which only won La Liga runner-up last season, ranked second. Juventus and Barcelona may be placed in the same group. This will also be the first time in the history of the Champions League that Ronaldo and Messi have the opportunity to meet in the group stage.