Champions League

Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo Both Failed to Qualify for UCL Quarter-Final Stage for the First Time in 16 Years

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo failed to qualify for Champions League quarter-finals for first time in 16 years
Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo failed to qualify for Champions League quarter-finals for first time in 16 years / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered to be two of the greatest players in the history of football, with the duo dominating the sport for more than a decade as seen by the 11 Ballon d'Or awards they have won between themselves.

The duo, however were on the wrong end of the stick in this year's edition of the Champions League as neither of them will be involved in the quarter-final stage for the first time since 2004/05. Messi and Barcelona were eliminated at the last-16 stage by Paris Saint-Germain, while Ronaldo's Juventus side exited at the hands of Porto.

The last time the two greats were eliminated in the round of 16 stage, Barcelona lost to Chelsea with Ronaldo then at Manchester United, getting knocked out by a great AC Milan side.

Barcelona's exit also meanwhile saw them end a run of 13 consecutive quarter-final appearances, the longest such streak in the competition’s history, with the Catalan giants last missing out on a last-eight spot during the 2006-07 season.

The duo will now look to concentrate on winning their respective leagues, though they will need to be at their best considering Barcelona are currently placed second in LaLiga and Juventus finding themselves in third place in the Serie A.

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