Throwback to the Time Juventus Coach Andrea Pirlo Picked Lionel Messi Over Cristiano Ronaldo in His Best UCL XI

Arjun Singh Devgan
Andrea Pirlo had picked Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo in his Best Champions League XI in the past
Andrea Pirlo had picked Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo in his Best Champions League XI in the past / Chris Ricco/Getty Images
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Serie A giants, Juventus recently made the decision to sack Maurizio Sarri after just one season incharge, and appointed former player, Andrea Pirlo in his stead. The Italian was a surprise choice considering that he was only recently appointed as head coach of the Under-23 side and has no managerial experience whatsoever.

The Italian legend will have the task of leading the club to European glory next season, and will have the services of five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo who was once again in brilliant form for the club in the 2019/20 campaign.

However, a report has emerged from 2015 where the current Juventus manager was asked to pick the best XI of players to have played in the Champions League with the Italian choosing Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi over Ronaldo.

When talking about Messi, Pirlo said: “Has achieved so much, but still I am sure will achieve so much more. I don’t need to talk in detail about what he is capable of. Everybody knows he is one of the greatest ever already.”

This would have not gone down well with Ronaldo at the time and it will be interesting to see the relationship that the duo develop between themselves in the time to come.

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