6 most memorable clashes Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have faced each other 36 times, creating unforgettable moments. Here are six standout encounters:

  1. Champions League Final (Manchester United 0-2 Barcelona, May 27, 2009): Barcelona triumphed over Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final, marking their first treble. Messi shone, scoring a rare header to clinch a 2-0 victory.
  2. ‘La Manita’ (Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, Nov. 29, 2010): In a dominant display at Camp Nou, Barcelona, led by Messi’s two assists, crushed Real Madrid 5-0. Despite not scoring, Messi’s performance was crucial in this memorable win.
  3. Ronaldo’s Revenge (Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona, April 20, 2011): Ronaldo earned his first victory against Barcelona with Real Madrid in the 2011 Copa del Rey final. His extra-time header secured a 1-0 win, amidst a series of intense Clasicos.
  4. Cristiano’s ‘calma’ Celebration (Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, April 21, 2012): In the 2011-12 LaLiga season, Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a crucial 2-1 win at Camp Nou, effectively ending Barcelona’s title hopes and setting a league scoring record.
  5. Copa Delight at Camp Nou (Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid, February 26, 2013): Ronaldo was the star in the Copa del Rey semi-final return leg at Camp Nou, scoring twice to secure Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory and a spot in the final.
  6. The Shirt Celebration (Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona, April 23, 2017): Messi’s last-minute goal clinched a dramatic 3-2 win for Barcelona at the Bernabeu in 2017. His celebration, displaying his shirt to the Real crowd, became iconic.

A testament to their rivalry: during their nine years together in Spain, every Clasico saw either Messi or Ronaldo score, with no match ending goalless.

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