By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
For more than 15 years now, world football has been dominated by two phenomenal footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi that have broken almost every footballing record that is there to break at all levels of world football.
The two players have performed at the top level in Europe’s premier club competition that is the Champions League, and either one or both have played in the Champions League quarterfinal for every season since the 2004/5 season.
This has come to an end. This season, we are going to watch the Champions League quarterfinals without Cristiano and Messi, after their clubs Juventus and Barcelona lost to FC Porto and PSG respectively in the Round of 16.
Cristiano’s Juventus crashed out of the competition on Tuesday despite beating Porto 3 – 2 in Turin, Italy, the aggregate being 4 – 4 but the away goals rules worked in favour of the Portugues side.
Last night, 1 – all draw in Paris between PSG and Barcelona was not enough to see the Catalan giants through, having been thumped by the French side 4 – 1 in the first leg at the Camp Nou. The aggregate score of 5 – 2 showed how superior PSG were in the tie, even without star players like Neymar Santos and Angel Di Maria.
Does this signify the end of world football dominance by the two football legends? Even when the two players are entering the evening days of their careers, you can not write them off now became their ability on the football pitch and what they have accomplished over the years speaks for itself.
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