Lionel Messi Is Three Times More Likely To Win Champions League Than Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi is three times more likely to lift the Champions League for the fourth time this season than Cristiano Ronaldo is to taste success for the fifth time, a study says.
Fivethirtyeight specialise in crunching numbers and place focus on every team's defensive and offensive capabilities as well as round-by-round probabilities.
And they have Liverpool down as the favourites to win the competition after falling at the final hurdle last year. Jurgen Klopp's Reds have a 29% chance of adding a sixth European Cup to the trophy cabinet, while Messi and Barcelona are just behind in second with 27%.
Manchester City, who lost their quarter final first leg away to Spurs, have a 21% chance of going to Madrid and winning on June 1 while incredibly Juventus have been given just 9%.
There's still a long way to go in the competition but it is still possible that fans get a dream Messi vs Ronaldo Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano.
If Juventus get past Ajax, they will face the winner of the Spurs vs City tie in the semi-finals, while Barcelona will likely play Liverpool if they are able to see out United in the second leg.
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It's nothing more than a possibility at this point but the prospect of seeing the two titans of world football square off in the final is utterly mouthwatering.
I would love to see Juve vs Barca final,so I will be rooting for both of them in the quarterfinal and semifinal. Messi vs Ronaldo final would be magical. #ucldraw- hazard hadheyhemor (@hadheyhemor) March 15, 2019
This is the Season we get to see a Messi Vs Ronaldo Final.- Wole Atunbi (@OluwoleCarter) March 15, 2019
- Barça defeat Man Utd, play Liverpool in the Semis
- Juve defeat Ajax, play Man City in the Semis.
It won't be the first time the pair of five-time Ballon d'Or winners have turned out in the same Champions League final as Messi scored an awe-inspiring header in Barca's 2-0 win over Ronaldo's United in Rome in 2009, but the rivalry has escalated to epic proportions since then.
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