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Messi vs. Ronaldo (Golden Ball/Ballon d’Or) – Week 20

This is it.

La Liga BBVA was decided on the final day of the season and it is FC Barcelona, as usual in recent years, who were crowned Spanish champions thanks to a 3-0 win at Granada, with “El Pistolero” Luis Suarez on target with a hat-trick. The Uruguayan international has, by the same toaken, won the “pichichi”, La Liga’s top scorer award for the season 2015-16, and also the European Golden Boot. A fantastic season for the former Ajax and Liverpool hitman.

Lionel Messi was kept off the scoresheet during this match, but wins another medal to his already large collection.

Real Madrid CF, who will play their local rivals in the Champions League final on May 28th, for the second time in three years, has given Los Blaugranas a run for their money up until the end but it was not going to be, despite a 2-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to a brace by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here are the statistics for both players from January 01st to May 16th, 2016:

L. Messi 32 games 29 goals 16 assists 1 trophy available
C. Ronaldo 26 games 27 goals 8 assists 1 trophy available
Total Messi 6 games Messi 2 goals Messi 8 assists Messi 1 trophy won

Lionel Messi has one more game to play this season for his club and it is the Spanish Cup final versus Sevilla FC at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, Atlético Madrid’s home, while Cristiano Ronaldo will have a chance to collect a third Champions League medal the following week.

Stay tuned.

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Champions League Curse – Can FC Barcelona break it in 2016?

This is the question that the football world will be asking as we move towards the Champions League final held in Milan, this May. Since the introduction of the current format in 1992, replacing the former European Cup, not a single club has been able to repeat (winning the trophy twice a in a row). While it was not uncommon to see this feat done in the past with teams winning two, three, four and even five times like Real Madrid, it has been somewhat of a different scenario now. All have tried, all have failed.

AC Milan won the trophy in 1994 against F.C.Barcelona 4-0 and then lost against Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 the following year.

The same fate happened to Ajax who lost in 1996 against Juventus FC on penalty kicks in the 1996 final.

Juventus FC also tasted the same medecine with defeats in the 1997 final against Borussia Dortmund 3-1 and the following year vs. Real Madrid 1-0. The German champions were eliminated in the semifinals in 1998 against the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid won in 1998, 2000 and 2002, therefore never being able to do it back-to-back.

AC Milan won the trophy in 2003 an 2007 while losing in the 2005 memorable final against Liverpool on penalty kicks in Istanbul.

FC Barcelona proves to be another example by being crowned champions in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. They were always winners in the final, but could not reach it a second time in a row.

Bayern Munich won the Champions League in 2001 against Valencia and in 2013 against Borussia Dortmund but suffered defeats in the 1999, 2010 and 2012 finals.

All of the above just goes to show how difficult it has been for clubs, even the greatest and most talented ones, to achieve success year and after year. No one has succeeded so far. Can FC Barcelona, led by Messi, Neymar and Suarez, do it this year? The answer in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned…