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Arsene Wenger Claims Juventus and Barcelona Are Overly Reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Respectively

Ali Shibil Roshan
Ronaldo and Messi
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Arsene Wenger has claimed that both Juventus and FC Barcelona are 'overly reliant' on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, respectively.

Both Juventus and Barcelona suffered a defeat in the Champions League earlier this week. Porto emerged victorious against the Old Lady as they won 2-1, while PSG thrashed Barcelona 4-1.

Ronaldo disappointed against Porto, and he was not helped by his team-mates as the team, on an overall note, lacked the creativity to tear apart Sérgio Conceição's side.

Against PSG, Messi scored Barcelona's only goal of the game as he converted a penalty, but he also endured a disappointing night. As the Ligue One side upped their game in the second half, Messi somewhat faded.

Wenger, who has been a pundit for beIN SPORTS, argued that players around Ronaldo and Messi "just aren't good enough". "It's a problem that [Juve] are only relying on Ronaldo," the legendary manager said [via SportBible].

The legendary manager has been a pundit for beIN SPORTS
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"It's the same for Messi. If the team is overly reliant on Messi, it's because the players around him are not good enough."

Both Juventus and Barcelona play the second-leg of their respective Champions League round-of-16 ties in three weeks' time. Having scored a crucial away goal in their 2-1 defeat, Juventus will be hoping to turn things around in the second leg. Elsewhere, it will be more difficult for Barcelona to turn the tie on its head after suffering a heavy defeat in the first leg.