As a Barcelona playerkept a rivalry from 17 years against Real Madridin which he made the eyes of the world turn to Spain every time they faced each other.
But after 45 games and 26 goals scored in 17 seasons, Lionel Messi will collide for the first time in their life against the merengue team as a member of PSGand it will be no less than in the eighths of End of the Championswhich begin this Tuesday with the most attractive match of the entire round.
Although it will be the first time Messi against Madrid with the Parisian club, in his career he will be the third time that he plays against the white team in the Champions League, after facing him from the Semifinal of the 2010-11 season, when the culé team was crowned by winning the Final against Manchester United.
Of the 45 meetings officers in which La Pulga has faced Madrid, 29 have been in the League from Spain, 8 in Cup King, 6 on the Super Cup from Spain and 2 in Champions, those of the aforementioned Semifinal in 2011. Of them, won 19 games, drew 11 and lost 15.
The team from the Spanish capital It is the fifth club that has scored the most goals the Argentine throughout his career, with 26 goals. It was in the campaign 2006-2007 when the Rosario he scored his first goal against Madrid; And it wasn’t just one, because in that La Liga match he scored three goals.
others of the old acquaintances of Real Madrid that will be in the Parque de los Príncipes are the former players Meringues Keylor Navas and Ángel di María, since Sergio Ramos will miss the match due to injury.
The Last time PSG and Real Madrid met in the Champions Leaguethe Spaniards won, in 2018although they were then rivals in the Group Stage of the 2019-20 campaign, when PSG first won 3-0 and then drew 2-2.
In this edition, the Madrid qualified for the Eighth for 19 consecutive editionsa milestone since this phase was introduced in 2004.
Liverpool will return to Milan
On the day of this Tuesday, at the start of the Round of 16, Manchester City will also have activityrunner-up in this competition, who will visit Sporting Lisbonone of the weakest clubs on paper and that had not reached this instance since the 2008-2009 campaign, the year in which it was eliminated by Bayern Munich with a global score of 12-1, the largest in this competition.
And it will be exactly bayern who has activity on wednesday when visit RB Salzburg in Austrianewcomer in this instance, while the Inter Milan will host Liverpool the same day.
The Reds will once again step on the Guiseppe Meazza this season, since in the Group Phase they had to face Milan on the same pitch, but with the name of San Siro, as that is what it is called when the venue is the Bianconero team, who shares a home with Inter. Now they will face Inter Milan, who have not played the Champions League Round of 16 since 2012.
The lap games of the four series This week will be played on March 8 and 9Meanwhile he rest of the departures They will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week.
In that round, the Chelsea will face Lillethe Villarreal to Juventusthe Atletico Madrid to Manchester United and the Benfica against Edson’s Ajax Alvarezthe second Mexican still with Champions activity, since the other is Héctor Herrera with Atleti.
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