People have been drawing parallels between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for well over a decade owing to their rivalry as perhaps the two greatest players of all time. When Lionel Messi joined PSG, it appeared like the summer transfer window would never be surpassed, until Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in a dramatic fashion. The two best players on the globe, on the other hand, could not have had a better start at their respective teams.
When a player returns to a club at the age of 36, one could wonder if he or she can have the same influence as when they were younger. But Ronaldo is no ordinary player, and he has appeared as if he had never left Old Trafford, scoring in all three games he has played thus far. There was never any fear that Ronaldo would struggle to get off the mark after scoring 36 goals in 44 games for Juventus last season, and he's already having a significant influence on the squad. In his first three games back at the club, the Portuguese ace has been the difference maker in games that United may have struggled to win in past seasons.
He scored the game's first goal against Newcastle, and when the visitors came back into the game, it was Ronaldo who pulled them out of prison with a second goal before they ran away with the game late on. Ronaldo scored after just 13 minutes against Young Boys in the Champions League, but he was replaced in the second half as United's ten-man team lost a stunning loss in Switzerland.
While his great adversary has made a blistering start to life at his new club, Messi has appeared lethargic and uneasy in the colors of Paris Saint-Germain. Messi made it obvious that he did not want to leave Barcelona, who were unable to sign him to a new deal owing to financial difficulties. However, the 34-year-old is now part of a 'dream squad' at the French giants, with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, who are generally anticipated to dominate both domestically and in Europe this season. The renowned Argentine forward, on the other hand, hasn't had the best of starts. While Ronaldo was pushed into the starting lineup right away, Messi made his debut against Reims as a substitute, playing 24 minutes in a 2-0 triumph.
Messi made his first start with Mbappe and Neymar against Club Brugges, but he struggled to make an impression as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Belgium despite their offensive prowess. Then, against Lyon, Mauricio Pochettino took Messi off with the score still 1-1 after 76 minutes. As he exited the field, the summer signing from Barcelona locked his gaze on PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, making a motion with his hands apart as if to imply he didn't understand. He struck a disgruntled figure, and it took Messi several seconds to rise from his seat and begin gently clapping as the rest of the bench leapt up to celebrate Mauro Icardi's winner.
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