This year’s Champions League final will involve neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi for the first time in six years.
For the first time since 2013, neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the Champions League final.
Messi’s Barcelona capitulated at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday, losing the semi-final second leg 4-0 to go down 4-3 on aggregate.
That shock result ended an astonishing run of dominance for the star duo when it comes to Europe’s top club competition. Since 2013, one of Messi or Ronaldo were involved in five successive finals – with the latter winning three straight titles and four in total.
But Ronaldo, who left holders Real Madrid at the start of the season, saw his Juventus team crash out at the quarter-final stage to Ajax in the 2018-19 tournament.