Have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo reached the end of the road as UEFA Champions League winners?
Messi’s Barcelona and Ronaldo’s Juventus both exited the Champions League in the round of 16 this week, marking the first time neither soccer superstar’s team has reached the quarterfinals since 2004. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe’s PSG and Erling Haaland’s Dortmund advanced in European soccer’s elite men’s club competition, sparking talk of a changing of the guard.
On this week’s episode of the “NESN Soccer Podcast,” Marc DiBenedetto and Marcus Kwesi O’Mard react to the first set of round of 16 results, ponder the end of the Messi-Ronaldo era and the start of the Haaland-Mbappe age.
Is 2021 the year soccer’s elite guard has changed, or will Messi, 33, and/or Ronaldo, 36, win the Champions League again? We want to hear your thoughts. Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes or Spotify, and follow the latest from the “NESN Soccer Podcast.”