Cristiano Ronaldo gets better of old foe Lionel Messi as Juventus thump Barcelona

Portuguese striker missed Barca's 2-0 victory after positive Covid-19 test

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 08: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus F.C. is put under pressure by Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Group G stage match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on December 08, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

When the Champions League draw put Barcelona and Juventus in the same group, football fans all over the world eagerly awaited the prospect of watching Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo again.

The two had not faced each other since the Portuguese forward swapped Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

But the fans had to wait when the two men were denied a reunion in Turin in October, as Ronaldo missed Barca's 2-0 victory after a positive Covid-19 test.

So all eyes were on the duo on Tuesday, with Ronaldo healthy again and raring to go, and it was the Portuguese who emphatically came out on top, scoring two penalties as Juve won 3-0 to claim top spot in Group G.

A constant thorn in the Catalans' side while in Spain with Real, Ronaldo, 35, took his goal tally against Barca to an extraordinary 20 in 31 games.

It was not just his goal-scoring contribution that caught the eye. From the off, he looked much quicker than the Barca backline despite their significant age gap.

His game was perhaps best summed up when, into the final 10 minutes with his team comfortably leading, Ronaldo tracked back and dispossessed Messi inside the Juve box before leading the charge on a counter-attack.

The Argentine fought valiantly in what always looked to be a losing battle but at times he appeared alone in a disjointed attack.

He tested Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a number of times from distance but never looked like finding the back of the net on a night that very much belonged to his old foe.

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