Barcelona‘s clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League is set to be a mouth-watering clash between two top titans. The stakes are higher as both teams look to prove superior dominance and claim the bragging rights.
The clash, pitting Barcelona ace Lionel Messi against his former counterpart Neymar Jr, has seemingly become a grudge match. The blaugrana are enraged by the continual statements coming from Paris Saint Germain attempting to seduce Lionel Messi and encourage him to trade Barcelona for PSG when his contract expires this summer.
This is to possibly build the French team on a Neymar-Messi-Mbappe axis which would undoudbtedly boost their title contention in all leagues.
However, as it stands, the two friends will have to contend as rivals in the next stage of their football playbook with a reunion of sorts bringing back a nostalgic feeling to the days at Camp Nou.
The match is set to be on Tuesday, February 16 and the return leg will be on Wednesday, March 10. Barcelona boasts an impressive 5 wins, 3 draws, and 3 losses in their previous ties against PSG. A win against PSG would see them an inch closer to ending their 6 seasons Champions League trophy drought. For the French team, their dreams of clinching their first-ever UCL trophy were shattered by Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 finals.
Neymar’s teary face glistened in the floodlights as he hopelessly watched their UCL title chase put on hold. The Brazilian forward will look to be relentless in his pursuit of glory and ultimately put the icing on the cake by claiming the trophy that eludes the club.
In the case of Messi, his team suffered a despicable loss of 8-2 against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 UCL campaign. The Blaugrana will be looking to erase the loss after Hansi Flick’s side ran riot in what was summed up as an annihilation.
As the match draws closer, who do you think will steal the show and lead their team to victory?