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Lionel Messi to Face Cristiano Ronaldo in Barcelona-Juventus Friendly

Messi and Ronaldo could meet in a pre-season friendly
Messi and Ronaldo could meet in a pre-season friendly / David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could be up against each other in a pre-season friendly with Barcelona confirming Juventus as their opponents for the Joan Gamper Trophy in August.

Barca have previously faced some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Boca Juniors. This is also the first time Barca's women team will participate in the competition, with the games expected to have 20 percent stadium capacity, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

“Juventus’ summer has just gotten a whole lot more exciting with a fascinating challenge. On August 8, the Bianconeri will challenge Barcelona at the Camp Nou for the Gamper Trophy,” an official statement by Juventus read.

“There is a splendid novelty: it will be a double challenge. The Women’s teams will first face off against each other, before then seeing the two men’s sides take to the pitch.

"The Bianconeri and Blaugrana have often faced each other in great challenges in the Champions League (the most recent coming this past season), while it will be the second time they meet in the Gamper Trophy: the previous one took place 24 August 2005 and ended 2-2 in regulation time, with goals from Del Piero, Trezeguet, Iniesta and van Bronckhorst, before the Bianconeri snuck the victory on penalties."

Messi and Ronaldo last met in December 2020 during the Champions League, with the Juventus man getting the better of his long-standing rival.