FOOTBALL PLAYERS TRANSFERS
In the first leg of last round of 16 match of the champions league, 2021/22 Atletico Madrid hosted Manchester United. In the 7th minute of the first half João Félix gave the host side lead. The Portuguese youngster delivered a world class flying header. Renan Lodi crossed the ball into the United’s box, Joao Felix was already there to decide the cross. Moreover, UEFA has nominated this goal for the goal of the week. On the other hand, Manchester United dominated the ball. But were unable to hit a single shot on target in the first half. Watch the highlights of Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United.
As usual, Manchester United were good on ball possession in the second half too. But, they were not able to penetrate it on the Atletico’s post. Match official issued Total of 9 yellow cards in the match. 4 for Atletico, and 5 for Manchester United. In the 75th minute, Anthony Elanga entered the ground in place of Marcus Rashford. The 19 years old, Swedish international then gave Manchester United a equalizing goal in the 80th minute. Bruno Fernandes provided a through-pass to Anthony Elanga who was sprinting across the Atleti’s defense. Elanga controlled the pass, and scored past Jan Oblak. Watch the highlights of Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Second Leg
The second leg of the champions league is on 16th of March. Manchester United will host Atletico Madrid in their home ground “Theatre Of Dreams”. Moreover, there won’t be any away goal rule from this season. So, it will be much beneficial Atletico Madrid if the game ends on 0-0 draw.
If Atletico Madrid plays a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at the Old Trafford, then the knockout will proceed to the extra time. And, if the tie is still not broken then penalty shoot out will decide the qualification.
Players will rarely score hattrick or score in the champions league when they are 24. Its a dream for the footballers to become a starter for the club at the age of 24. But, when it comes to Lionel Messi, he was three times balon d’Or winner at the age of 24. Messi won his first balon d’Or in 2009 when he was 22 years old. Then he went on winning more three. Meanwhile, Messi has won total of 6 balon d’Ors. He won them in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019. And, he is about to win it seven times. If we compare other players and Messi at 24 years of their age, Messi is far away from rest of the world.
He won it four in a row from 2009 to 2012. Absolute domination in the world football for half of the decade. Even his rival Cristiano Ronaldo was nowhere near Messi. The 24 years old Messi was something else. So, lets not compare the new comers who gets hype from one or two good games. Messi was an absolute genius and was something else. Its almost difficult for the new players to get balon d’Or for straight four years. It was Messi who outcast players like Xavi, Iniesta, Snyjder, and Cristiano.
Messi At 24 vs Cristiano Ronaldo At 24
Moreover, if we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance at 24 years of his age, we can’t find good stats. Cristiano Ronaldo had just won one champions league and one balon d’Or at that age. Meanwhile, Messi was already three champions league winner and 3 times balon d’Or winner at 24. Moreover, Messi had won the treble in 2009 with Barcelona. They won the champions league defeating Ronaldo’s Manchester United in final. Then, Messi scored a magnificent header against Edwin Van Der Sar.
Messi At 24 Ronaldo At 24 3x Champions League 1x Champions League 3x Balon d’Or One Balon d’Or 1x European Golden Shoe 1x European Golden Shoe Messi at 24 vs Ronaldo at 24
So, if the closest rival of Messi was that behind Messi at 24 years of age, then who else could have come near the Argentine ?But, it doesn’t mean that Cristiano finished his career with these limited awards and titles. Later, after joining Real Madrid, Ronaldo played the best seasons of his career. He broke and created number of records in the Spanish capital. So, lets have a look at Ronaldo’s records and titles. Cristiano is 5x times balon d’Or winner and 5x times champions league winner. Moreover, he is 4x times European golden shoe winner. Also, he is the top scorer and most assist provider in the champions league. Moreover, he is a Euro Cup winner and 4x times FIFA club world cup winner. Anyways, Cristiano Ronaldo has won 34 titles.
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