Ahead of the final group matches of the UEFA Champions Leagu, Barcelona versus Juventus is the most anticipated fixture and Lionel Messi is battle ready to face his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.
The Portuguese missed the first encounter in Turin due to Covid-19 but he is fresh and ready for the mouth-watering clash on Tuesday. Although, both sides have qualified into the knockout phase, the battle for supremacy continues for the two.
Interestingly, Messi who has six Ballon d’Or’s has not featured in Barcelona’s recent wins over Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros in the Champions League but is relishing the chance to play against Ronaldo at the Camp Nou.
According to the Daily Mail, Koeman is prepared to start Messi against Ronaldo’s Juventus.
Ronaldo now 35 and Messi is 33 and Tuesday will be the first time they will be meeting since the El Clasico clash in May 2018, during which both players netted in a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.