But if we study their whole careers, and if we look at the overall player profile, it can be argued that Pelé is actually the more appropriate point of comparison. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. FC Barcelona reversed a four-goal deficit in the second leg of their 2016–17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain to win 6–5 on aggregate, making it the largest comeback in UEFA Champions League history. Barcelona have stopped them thrice. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … REUTERS: Barcelona will face Paris St Germain while title holders Bayern Munich are up against Italy's Lazio in the last 16 of the Champions League after UEFA's draw was held on Monday. In his second year, Leonardo brought in Danilo Pereira, who is yet to replicate his earlier form, a promising but lost striker in Moise Kean, a complacent Mauro Icardi and Alessandro Florenzi. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Enjoy them both. When Neymar is at his best, he is arguably the best player in the world. As PSG lost to Lyon, Thiago Mendes went in with a reckless tackle and Neymar was stretchered off. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Maradona was also much less of a goal threat. They produced season after season after season of world-class-and-above performances. Reports are saying that the talisman might be out for thee weeks, but it looks far from official, which is scary for the Parisians, who do not look like the same team without the #10. In a rematch of their classic encounter at the same stage four seasons ago, Barcelona will face Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea and Manchester City will take on Borussia Moenchengladbach. Moving away from the United game, PSG had two abysmal performances against RB Leipzig. And by context, it is easy to guess that the man in question is none other than Pele himself. Their names are Pelé and Messi. Monaco had a stunning year and won Ligue 1 that campaign. In 2013, they eliminated a competent PSG side on away goals. The last time Barca won the tournament, back in the 2014-15 edition, PSG were one of the teams they had to get through on their way to the title in Berlin. PSG won the match 5-1 bolstered by a Neymar hat trick and two goals from Kylian Mbappe. What made this goal special is not so much its role in the largely forgettable 2-2 draw that ensued, but the fact that it was Messi’s 643rd goal for FC Barcelona, the same number of goals Pelé scored for the club of his life, Santos FC. Achievements • Privacy Policy • Cookie Policy • Licensed Images • Partners Copyright © 2017 - 2020 Barca Universal - [email protected]. It wasn’t the most beautiful goal, but it was a historic one. 1994-95 Champions League Quarter Final Barça 1-1 PSG / PSG 2-1 If nothing unforeseen happens, Messi will add at least a dozen more before the season ends, thereby putting some distance between him and Pelé. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … In the end, if they can show their quality against Barça despite all the adversity, they might go on and reach the promised land. Ever since QSI took over the French capital’s club, they have dreamt about winning Europe’s premier competition. The Brazilian scored in both legs to get his side through after Erling Braut Haaland showed no mercy in the same game. Discover the Barça's latest news, photos, videos and statistics for this match for the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona - Paris Saint Germain, on the Wed 8 Mar 2017, 19:45 GMT. After that, they can focus on the Champions League. Yes, his assists statistics are impressive, but everyone who has actually followed his career knows that he is not much of a playmaking presence. When Neymar won a penalty against Istanbul Basaksehir, he gave it to Mbappé, almost too generously. As a Lebanese teenager who never had the chance to support their local team, I fell in love with the club that was FC Barcelona at the start of the decade. Italian champions Juventus will face Porto, Sevilla play Borussia Dortmund and Serie A club Atalanta take on Real Madrid. Your email address will not be published. Mediacorp Pte Ltd. All rights reserved. They have started the season appallingly, and the eyebrows have begun to be raised over the Dutchman’s future already. Champions League | Barca vs PSG headlines last-16 match-ups AFP Paris, December 14, 2020 22:51 IST Updated: December 14, 2020 22:58 IST AFP Paris, December 14, 2020 22:51 IST The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … Barcelona will face Paris St Germain while title holders Bayern Munich are up against Italy's Lazio in the last 16 of the Champions League after UEFA's draw was held on Monday. Copyright© Mediacorp 2020. Finally, Lyon dominated the play away from home to overtake them in the league. They were rather lucky to finish top of their group even though they were nowhere good enough, with the same shortcomings mirroring themselves in Ligue 1. meREWARDS lets you get coupon deals, and earn cashback when you complete surveys, dine, travel and shop with our partners. For the same reason, PSG have also seen their odds slide, from +933 to +1233, on the premise that Barca still has Messi and therefore … It would be fair to say that PSG would not like to play against the La Liga side. Your email address will not be published. The Catalans suffered a humiliating defeat at Camp Nou, and it was partly because of their tactics. PSG Rout Basaksehir In Restarted UCL Match December 9, 2020 20:35 A Neymar hat-trick and Mbappe brace as PSG rout Istanbul Basaksehir in restarted Champions League match There is a second goal machine around who was much more than just a centre forward. 1 on some occasions. Not the way Barca fans wanted but Neymar is now heavily tipped to help PSG avenge the historic and embarrassing 6–1 defeat orchestrated by the Brazillian himself in 2017. The Parisians reached the Champions League final in 2020. The winger has nearly perfected his game, and he is Paris’s hope when things go south, and he demonstrated it against Borussia Dortmund last year. The Brazilian looks like he will be unable to reassemble a PSG side as incredible as the one he assembled nearly a decade ago. The thing about Cristiano Ronaldo, however, is that while he basically matches Messi as a goal threat, he lacks behind quite considerably in other regards. Now, let’s look at Neymar. 10, and certainly not a No. The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is a repeat of their remarkable meeting at the same stage in 2017 when Barca … We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. The draw for the Champions League round of 16 took place on Monday, after Barça’s shaky win against Levante. In the post-war era, only a handful of players gained access to this club: Ferenc Puskas, Gerd Müller, Cristiano Ronaldo, and, of course, Pelé and Messi. A good result against PSG and qualification to the Quarters will help the Catalans go on a good run in the Champions League, the Catalans dearly need their confidence back. Whoa... We're sorry! After having missed a penalty only seconds earlier, Lionel Messi headed the ball over the line to level the score against Valencia. "For more than 15 years PSG has led the fight against discrimination and continues to work to eradicate it in all forms." Usually, Neymar and co. dominate the league to a fault by this point of the competition. And you need not look further than the game against Atalanta to prove that. They obliterate it and are crowned Champions by March. The 1988 Motín del Hesperia: can Barcelona now learn from it? However, his return to the Camp Nou might be in jeopardy. All in all, Paris Saint-Germain, while not being the best side to face with Barça’s shortcomings, are not as terrifying as others. Barcelona’s loss to Juventus frightened Culés for many reasons, and rightly so. Ronald Koeman, a Barça legend as a player. After finishing in the second place in the group for the first time since 2006, the sleeping giants feared most group toppers. The two legged ties will be played from Feb. 16. The German coach received lots of criticism from the French fanbase because he has simply not done a good enough job. A bit harsh, but it does raise a point: Maradona did not produce a solid decade or more of top performances. All in all, Paris Saint-Germain, while not being the best side to face with Barça’s shortcomings, are not as terrifying as others. 8. Something similar applies to the other members of Club 1. Finally, Neymar became Paris’ butcher in the 6-1 Remontada in 2017. They lost it narrowly to Bayern, who beat Barcelona 8-2 en route to the treble. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Koeman’s men are eighth in the league and have only drawn Paris because they finished second in the group. The last-16 draw triggered a big tilt in odds for a couple of the European giants. This service is not intended for persons residing in the EU. In some important regards he is much closer to being a second Messi than Maradona ever was and Cristiano Ronaldo ever will be. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (centre) is challenged by Istanbul Basaksehir’s Turkish midfielder Mahmut Tekdemir (back) during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir FK at … Edinson Cavani lashed home for PSG on 61 minutes and the quarter-finals looked beyond Barca, but they obviously had not read the script. Still, the matched, and now beaten record presents an admirable opportunity to contemplate the two legends and their respective careers. But what always feels a bit contrived when said about Messi versus his contemporary rival, that we should just enjoy them both, feels more appropriate when it comes to watching the GOAT and O Rei. In a recent obituary of Diego Maradona, Jonathan Wilson of Guardian wrote that Maradona “was great for perhaps four seasons”. This time around, Paris are part of a title race. They are the two best players of all time. 9 but not a No. After getting such a clement draw, compared to what could have been sides, Barça are under a lot less pressure. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Christian Radnedge). By clicking subscribe, I agree to receive news updates and promotional material from Mediacorp and Mediacorp's partners. Barcelona 6–1 Paris Saint-Germain, also known as La Remontada ("The Comeback"), was the result of the second leg of a UEFA Champions League tie which occurred on 8 March 2017 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. However, the Barça sides from yesteryear are a far cry from what Ronald Koeman has managed to conjure. After getting his wanted number 9 position, Mbappé looked like a shadow of his winger self. Following the humiliations against Bayern, Liverpool, and AS Roma, there was only so much that the fan could take. Football history has known two free-scoring, free-assisting, free-creating, relentless performance machines. Barcelona could not have faced PSG at a better time, for the capital outfit are going through similar problems as the Blaugranas, and are at the nadir of their powers. The UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir resumed on Wednesday afternoon, but before being opponents, both teams shared a moment of unity. And even if Messi wasn’t Argentinian, the Getafe goal alone would justify comparisons to Maradona’s genius. UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw: Barcelona to face PSG, holders Bayern to take on Lazio The clash of Lionel Messi and Barca with last year’s runners-up PSG is … Do not get it wrong, the World Cup winner is still an insane talent. Man United wins again at PSG; Messi scores in Barca rout United reproduced its stunning exploits from the 2018-19 competition by beating PSG away thanks to Rashford's 87th-minute strike in a 2-1 win He, too, was a creative presence of the highest order, while outscoring everyone at the same time. Away in France, they lost to a generous penalty and bad finishing from their part. Tuchel played a midfield bereft of creativity and a defence arguably shakier than Barça’s. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United tactically outclassed the French side away in Paris. Leonardo came back as chief executive in 2019 but looks a shadow of his former self. Premier League champions Liverpool will play last year's semi-finalists RB Leipzig.