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Messi Has Never Scored In Barca’s UCL Exits, CR7 Shines Even On Bad Days

Lionel Messi Has Never Scored In Barca’s UEFA Champions League Exits, Cristiano Ronaldo Even Shines On Bad Days

By David Kappel - Apr 11, 2018 02:26 PM @kappilinho

With Lionel Messi once again failing to score in FC Barcelona's shocking UEFA Champions League exit on Tuesday, he has, in fact, never scored in ties the Blaugrana were eliminated in, while Cristiano Ronaldo seems to step it up on bad days.

Read: Messi & Suarez Blamed For Barca's Shock UCL Exit

The Argentine did not score in both legs of the Catalans' 4-4 aggregate defeat (on away goals) to AS Roma – a negative record that has seemingly been a common trend during his career.

He also failed to score in Barca's 3-0 elimination against Juventus in the quarter-finals last season, and did not find the back of the net in their 3-2 exit at the same stage against Atletico Madrid the year before.

The 2014/15 campaign was the last time Barcelona and Messi lifted the coveted title, but in their three knockouts in the previous years (2-1 loss against Atletico, 7-0 drubbing by Bayern Munich and 3-2 defeat to Chelsea), Messi was not to be found on the scoresheet.

He did, though, win the trophy with Barcelona in 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2010/11. However, in the Catalans' Champions League exits in 2006/07 against Liverpool, the following season against Manchester United, and in 2009/10 against Inter Milan, Messi once again failed to score.

On the other hand, Ronaldo, who has won three of the past four editions of the tournament with Real Madrid, did score in his side's most recent Champions League exits.

Back in 2014/15, the Portuguese struck both goals in his side's 3-2 elimination by Juventus, while in 2013/14 he scored once in Real's 4-3 aggregate loss to Borussia Dortmund, and in 2012/13 he found the back of the net twice in a defeat on penalties against Bayern, after the aggregate score over the two ties was 3-3.

In his first Champions League campaign with Los Blancos, Ronaldo scored the only goal in a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Olympique Lyon, and also scored once for Manchester United in a 5-3 elimination by AC Milan back in 2006/07.

Read: Messi Climbs Back To Top Of Golden Shoe Table

Overall, both players have lifted the trophy four times, and are currently the top two goalscorers in the competition. However, Ronaldo seems to shine even when his side is on the losing end, having scored seven times in Champions League exits, while Messi is yet to find the back of the net on a rainy UCL night for Barca.

Why do you think Messi fails to step up in the biggest UCL games? Have your say in the comments section below.


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NAPOLEON BAONAPARTE JR Joined: 14 Oct 2017
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NAPOLEON BAONAPARTE JR Apr 17, 2018 01:26 PM
Messi is pure genius listen to ray Hudson comments when the messiah is playing no player on dis planet will ever play de wae messi plays ever he does not just scores like penaldo does he scores with style n swagga de only player who carries on scoring absolutely jaw dropping goals he does not need form like ronaldo does nou nou not messi its just comparisons will alwys be there but I feel like its not fair to messi
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NAPOLEON BAONAPARTE JR Apr 17, 2018 01:21 PM
Very correct man
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NAPOLEON BAONAPARTE JR Apr 17, 2018 01:19 PM
@nazzi the second true man
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Mchumero10 Apr 12, 2018 09:22 PM
@King of them ALL tipical cr7 dummy
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MSANDROTIC Apr 12, 2018 10:49 AM
Coaches sometimes used to mess up things, Barcelona was caused by the coach to exit, by his setup
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Ntsunda11 Apr 11, 2018 07:18 PM
messi depends on the team performance to perform, he doesn't have what it takes to be a standout player when his team is underperforming
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Flipping lyf Apr 11, 2018 06:48 PM
Cowditor they skin u alive for giving them fact not opinion we know ur not fan of king its situation to write this article
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murendeni joe Apr 11, 2018 06:36 PM
Last night was a miracle
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Thagalekgwara Apr 11, 2018 06:20 PM
Wats dis article about..records or wat?stupid article..Ronaldo was nowhere 2 be found wen Barca beat them 3-0 in the 1st leg of el-clasico...
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 11, 2018 06:16 PM
Im still shocked and embarrassed by the results
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dcdanny-home Apr 11, 2018 06:10 PM
One thing I know is that Roma scored the highest number of goals. Own goals and own goals.
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lulikho Apr 11, 2018 05:59 PM
@Ricworld Barca was simply outclassed...
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lulikho Apr 11, 2018 05:59 PM
@nazzi the second relax man...what do u mena cowditor wasn't not writing anything? ayyi you just hurt man...
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King of them ALL Apr 11, 2018 05:12 PM
what's with the anger my cow,Yes King CR7 wasn't scoring in the beginning of the league campaign but guess what he is ahead of ur overrated wannabe fake Alien so sit down my cow
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Ricworld Apr 11, 2018 05:12 PM
Haters will always gonna talk bad things about Messi but the fact is the guy is way above their so called hero. Last night’s defeat was the Coach’s fault.For him to field 2 unfit players in such an important match makes me feel sick.Clearly the coach undermined Roma on the day and was made to pay dearly.
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Dipholo Rangata Apr 11, 2018 05:07 PM
eeeiii today cowditor is on fire taking barca faithfools to hurtfontein mmm I like it, keep them coming lol
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nazzi the second Apr 11, 2018 04:45 PM
this is bull, when Ronaldo wasnt performing at the begining of the very same season the editor did not write any article, madridiots were quiet the man played so many la liga games without scoring while messi was busy scoring dishing out assists dribbling past defenders missing goals that resulted in his team mates scoring now all of a sudden he's a bad player? bull. Roma was always prepared for messi, even in the first leg if you watched the game you notice how defenders tried so hard to close him down resulting in own goals, it's easier to plan against player who takes on players then a player who always in the box waiting for assists and chances and mistakes(from opponents).italian players are known for their defending hence it was easy for juventus(last season) and roma to plan against a dribbler like messi, messi has performed against.
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nazzi the second Apr 11, 2018 04:45 PM
this is bull, when Ronaldo wasnt performing at the begining of the very same season the editor did not write any article, madridiots were quiet the man played so many la liga games without scoring while messi was busy scoring dishing out assists dribbling past defenders missing goals that resulted in his team mates scoring now all of a sudden he's a bad player? bull. Roma was always prepared for messi, even in the first leg if you watched the game you notice how defenders tried so hard to close him down resulting in own goals, it's easier to plan against player who takes on players then a player who always in the box waiting for assists and chances and mistakes(from opponents).italian players are known for their defending hence it was easy for juventus(last season) and roma to plan against a dribbler like messi, messi has performed against.
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Matatasela_7 Apr 11, 2018 04:03 PM
Cr7 is a hard worker
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Munangwangwa Apr 11, 2018 03:57 PM
Can't be compared.. king cr7 is way too good.. the greatest player ever .. thanks god I lived to witness his exploits

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