Cristiano Ronaldo, celebrating the second goal in front of the Barça


Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Barcelona in a Gamper without Leo Messi

Published:7/08/2021 - 21:02h

Updated:7/08/2021 - 21:02h

One of the main attractions of Joan Gamper 2021 was a new 'Messi-Cristiano' duel, the eternal enemies, but history has drastically changed

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The duel between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo was a reason 'extra' to enjoy the crash between FC Barcelona and Juventus in the Trophy Joan Gamper, this Sunday 8 August from the 21:30 hours in the estadi Johan Cruyff. 'The Flea' and the Portuguese forward have turned into the worst 'enemies' in the field and the absolute owners of the throne like better players of the world, especially in the last decade. Of there that there was so much expectation for seeing them again confronting.

The true is that Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the City Condal and will not play against his eternal rival. Leo Messi left to be player of the Barça the past Thursday 5 August and now is in negotiations to turn into player of the Paris Saint-Germain. The Trophy Joan Gamper loses his character 'stellar' and only with the reunion of the two players that have won practically all the prizes in the last years.

'The Flea' and the Barça have left in shock to all the world after separating his ways. The Barça did not find finally the formula to do him a gap to Messi in the staff and, punished by the bad management in previous years, had to leave leave to the maximum historical referent of the club. It has been, without place to doubts, a difficult situation to process for all the Barcelona sectors: directors, trainers, players and fans, that still do not finish to think that Messi will not defend the eslástica culé.

The return of the Juve

The true is that although Leo Messi will not be, the 'party' has to continue. The Barça receives this Sunday to the 'Vecchia Signora' with win that Joan Gamper remain again home. Ronald Koeman will have all his players, to exception of Pedri, Eric García and Òscar Mingueza, those who will return prompt to the City Condal after the dispute of the Olympic games with the selection of Spain.

The culés do not save a good memory of the last visit of the Juventus to Barcelona, remembering that around the middle of December, the 'bianconeri' carried the victory by 0-3 in the last day of the phase of groups of the Champions League. In that night in the Camp Nou, Cristiano went back to celebrate in front of the Barça, with a doublet from the point penalti. Weston McKennie also added to the party of the Italians that 'commanded' to the ones of Koeman to the second square of the group.

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