Two of the greatest athletes of our generation were playing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last night. While the general notion heading into the respective games were already made in favour of both of them, the outcome turned out to be extremely devastating for one.
Heading to the second leg of the contest against Manchester United, Barcelona FC were already ahead of the Red Devils by a goal on aggregate when they visited Old Trafford on 10th April 2019. As expected, with the home-ground advantage, Lionel Messi and Co dominated the game from the first minute itself. Being better in literally every stat category there is, the confident squad rolled over Ole Gunnar Solskjær's boys in a 3-0 win.
The Argentine legend seemed healthy as a horse, with his nose looking good as new and playing the kind of football he is known for all over the world. Scoring two quick goals in the 16th and 20th minutes, Messi gave his side an early and comfortable lead, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the game. Eventually, a third goal at the hands of Philippe Coutinho also came in the second half.April 17, 2019
However, things didn't turn out to be so sunny for the Italian giants, Juventus, who were taken by surprise by the visiting Ajax FC at the Juventus Stadium.
After settling for a 1-1 tie in the first leg during which Cristiano Ronaldo had to work hard to get his solitary goal to keep his side afloat, they looked exhausted and overwhelmed by the brilliant Dutch squad who have been on a tear this Champions League season.
While Ajax did manage to knock out Real Madrid, who won the trophy in four of the last five seasons, not a lot were expecting them to force Ronaldo's Juventus out of the league, but thanks to Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt's brilliant showing, Ajax reigned supreme nonetheless.April 16, 2019
After learning about his rival crashing out of the tournament, Messi said: “That tells you everything, any team is complicated, be it, Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve the best, and everything is going to be complicated.”
Messi's thoughts were echoed by football fans all over the world who showed their appreciation for Ajax:April 17, 2019
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach: “Ronaldo gave us a lot during the season and especially in the UEFA Champions League. Ajax are a great team, I cannot say much to my players tonight.” pic.twitter.com/4hRAmkmj5R— Enock Kobina Essel (@kobinaessel39) April 17, 2019 April 17, 2019 April 17, 2019