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UCL: Ronaldo, Messi Clash Again … Utd faces gruel tie … Full fixtures

Christiano Ronaldo of Juventus will resume his on field rivalry with Lionel Messi. The two inspirational players are paired in this season group G UEFA Champions League.

The Italian champions Juve and La Liga runners-up Barcelona having not met competitively since November 2017, the Group G clashes will see Ronaldo and Messi renew their on-field rivalry for the first time since the Portuguese forward left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

For the records, Ronaldo and Messi have played against each on 33 occasions in competitive club games, and Barcelona’s Messi has so far come out on top 15 times, with Ronaldo winning on nine occasions at past clubs Real and Manchester United. The two men have dominated the Champions League, with Ronaldo winning five European Cups — two more than Messi. Ronaldo also tops the all-time scoring charts with 130, 15 more than Messi, his closest rival.

In group H, one big club will fail to progress as Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and RB Leipzig all be battling it out for the two qualifying spots.

GROUP A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow

The German and Champions League winners, Bayern, will be strong favourites to make it to the knock-out stages, with Atletico Madrid and FC Salzburg likely to be battling it out for second spot in the group.

GROUP B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach

On paper, Real Madrid appear to be the favourites to qualify, but it is an evenly-balanced group, with each team capable of beating each other.

GROUP C: FC Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille

Portuguese champions FC Porto are the seeded team in Group C, but the reality is that Manchester City will comfortably be the side to beat in this section. Pep Guardiola’s team, who were surprisingly eliminated by Lyon in the quarterfinals in Lisbon last season, should coast through this group.

GROUP D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta BC, FC Midtjylland

Liverpool should make comfortable progress through the group. Ajax and Atalanta, the surprise packages of the last two Champions League campaigns, could make life difficult for Jurgen Klopp’s team at home, but even without the backing of a noisy and passionate Anfield, Liverpool will be too strong for their rivals.

GROUP E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes

Europa League winners Sevilla and Chelsea will expect to battle it out for the top two positions in what appears to be the most straightforward group to emerge from the draw. This is a group of extremes, as two clubs with serious European pedigree will take on two others — Stade Rennais and Krasnodar — making their first appearance in the Champions League group stages.

GROUP F: Zenit St. Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge

Borussia Dortmund will be favourites to top this group, especially if Manchester United target Jadon Sancho remains at the club to build on his forward partnership with Erling Haaland.

GROUP G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros

All eyes will be on the two matchdays that see Ronaldo and Messi face off, because this really is a group of two heavyweights and two minnows, in Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros.

GROUP H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

PSG, with the firepower of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, will be the team to beat, but United’s front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood also have goals in them. Leipzig will miss Timo Werner’s goals following his summer move to Chelsea, but they have held onto defensive rock Dayot Upamecano.

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