It looks like time up for Messi and Ronaldo at European top level
The recent Champions League competition has been a bit clearly like it is time up for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the European competition's top level.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been two of the extraordinary football players in football's history. They have shown huge and unbelievable talents and potentials in both domestic and European competition.
In the last 12 years, Messi and Ronaldo have giving football fans some incredible moments in the Champions League, scoring astonishing goals. The two "gods of soccer", as many football fans call them, have broken and set many Champions League records in the past years.
Messi and Ronaldo have shared the Balon d'Or between themselves due to their outstanding performance in the Champions League.
Recently it looks like the days of Messi and Ronaldo at the Champions League competition is coming to an end, with both of them failing to excel further. In the last three year, both of them have failed to reach the Champions League final.
Lionel Messi's Glory Days at the European top Level
Barcelona's superstar Lionel Messi has enjoyed so many glorious days in the Champions League competition scoring over 120 goals. He is currently the second-highest goal scorer in the Champions League history.
In the 2011 season, Messi set a record for most goals scored in a single Champions League competition after scoring 14 goals for Barcelona. His performance in the competition has been talked about so many times by pundits.
Lione l Messi has been one of the Iconic players in the Champions League history
Messi has played four Champions League final and won the whole finals. He also won three UEFA Super Cup.
In the past years, Lionel Messi has won the Balon d'Or award six times, making him the world's highest winner of the award in football history. He also won the best FIFA World's Best Player awards six times.
Adding to Messi's European awards is his six European golden boots. These awards have made him one of the best players at the European top level.
Lionel Messi's drop of performance in European Level
Lionel Messi has helped Barcelona win so many comebacks in the Champions League competition. These comebacks have helped Barcelona advance to a certain stage in the competition and even win the Champions League title.
He has single-handedly won some many Champions League matches for his club with his skills and talents.
Lionel Messi was very disappointed in Barcelona's recent defeat against PSG
In recent seasons it has been a different case for the superstar and Barcelona. Since 2015 they have failed to reach the Champions League final and have only reached one Champions League Semi-final in six seasons.
In the current 2020 Champions League season, Lionel Messi and Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League in the quarter-final stage by French giant Paris-Saint Germain.
It looks like the superstar's potential has reduced as he cannot help his team qualify for the tournament's next round. Messi's performance had dropped slightly as he scored only five goals in the competition in 2020 before being eliminated from the competition.
Can he still provide a top performance owning to his age which a disadvantage for such a world-class player?
Cristiano Ronaldo's Past Records in the European Level
Cristiano Ronaldo also enjoyed so many past Champions League memories with his former club Real Madrid. He helped Real Madrid win four Champions League title during his nine-year career at Los Blancos with his individual performances.
Ronaldo has produced many comebacks in Real Madrid and Juventus making, including his comeback against VfL Wolfsburg and Atletico Madrid. Pundits have talked about his individual performance in the Champions League and always cite him as an example for young players.
His individual performance helped Real Madrid win three consecutive Champions League title making it the first club to create such a football history record.
Cristiano Ronaldo is among the players with the second-highest Champions League trophy
Ronaldo has scored over 134 Champions League goals, making him the highest goal scorer in the tournament. He also set a record as the first player to reach 100 goals at the European level.
Cristiano Ronaldo also holds a record as the only player to score 17 goals in a single Champions League tournament.
He is also the second player at the European level with the most Balon d'Or award after Lionel Messi. He has won the Balon d'Or five times, just one behind Lionel Messi.
He is also a joint hattrick top scorer in the Champions League alongside Lionel Messi with eight hattricks.
Cristiano Ronaldo's decline of Performance in the European Level
Since Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus in Italian Serie A in the 2018 transfer window, there has been a slowdown in performance for the superstar and his club.
After enjoying many years in the Champions League, scoring so many amazing goals that led to his club's winning of titles, Ronaldo currently lacks goal-scoring ability, having failed to fire Juventus at an advanced Champions League stage.
Ronaldo was shocked after Juventus defeat in the Champions League quarter-final against Porto
Juventus has failed to reach the Champions League semi-final since Ronaldo arrived. They have only reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
The superstar known for many Champions League scoring record has only scored 14 goals in three Champions League season in Juventus. Someone that used to score over ten goals in every Champions League season.
Many people and pundits linked his underperformance to his age, stating that he is over 30 years plus and still in the competition.
In the 202 Champions League season, Ronaldo only scored four goals, the least he has ever scored before the elimination of Juventus in the round of 16 by Portuguese club, Porto
Emerging of Rising Stars in European Level
After seeing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fall out of the limelight, football fans has been blessed once more with top rising superstars in Paris-Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund's striker Erling Haaland.
These two teenagers have taken the European competition by storm, producing amazing moments in the Champions League again. They have scored lots of amazing goals in their short time in the competition.
With their astonishing performance, the two teenagers have helped their clubs move to an advanced stage in the 2020 Champions League competition, scoring many goals.
Kylian Mbappe a Star for Paris-Saint Germain
Kylian Mbappe has been a great player for Paris-Saint Germain since joining the French Champions from AS Monaco. He has created lots of good memories for their fans and other football fans at large.
His skills, strength and scoring ability has helped his club very well in different competitions, especially the Champions League competition. He has scored 19 Champions League goals for Paris-Saint Germain.
Kylian Mbappe is already progressing his football career having scored over 100 career goals
In the 2020 Champions League, Kylian Mbappe scored 8 goals in 10 appearances, including his hat-trick against Barcelona in a quarter which helped them advance to the competition's semi-final.
In the 2020 Champions League competition Kylian Mbappe has broken a record as the youngest player to score 25 goals in a Champions League competition at the age of 22 years and 80 days, which Lionel Messi previously holds.
Pundits and football fans have tipped him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and win the Balon d'Or.
Erling Haaland a Unique Striker in European Competition
Erling Haaland has been a name in every pundits and football fans' mouth since he emerged in the competition during his time at RB Salzburg in 2019. His Iconic celebration in the Champions League was mimicked by many football players, including PSG stars in the 2019 competition.
Erling Haaland has displayed many outstanding performance at the European level especially in the Champions League
After his transfer to Borrusia Dortmund, Haaland continued his fine form at the European top level. In his first season in Dortmund, he scored two goals in two appearances in the Champions League.
In the recent 2020 Champions League competition, he scored 10 goals in eight appearances for Dortmund, the highest in the Champions League competition. He has been praised by different pundits, football fans and fellow players.
He is taking the highest goal-scoring position, which Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo previously occupied.