THEY’RE recognized as two of the greatest players of all-time for a reason.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi left Juventus and Barcelona in the summer, but BOTH men are still the top scorers in 2021 for their old teams.
At the end of 2021, Juventus’s top scorer is Ronaldo, with 20 to his name, while Messi’s 28 goals in 2021 are also the most for Barcelona this year.
Unsurprisingly both teams have been reeling since losing their star men and are amid dire campaigns.
On the other hand, Ronaldo has hit the ground running since his emotional return to Manchester United, scoring 13 times in 18 games for the Red Devils.
Messi, meanwhile, hasn’t made as much of an impact following his move to PSG in the summer, contributing six goals in 16 matches for the French outfit.
He’s saved his best form for the Champions League, netting five-in-five while playing in Europe.
But he’s scored just one goal in 11 games for PSG in the league.
Ronaldo’s old club Juve has been left languishing in fifth place in Serie A after his departure and is already twelve points behind pace-setters Inter.
Barcelona is also having a campaign to forget, currently sitting seventh in La Liga – EIGHTEEN points off Real Madrid.
Barca’s shocker of a season is summed up even more by the fact that their second top scorer for 2021 is Antoine Griezmann.
And he left the club in the summer as well.
If you take out Griezmann’s goals, you have to combine Barca’s next FIVE top-scorers from 2021 to match Messi’s haul from this year.
Memphis Depay, Frenkie De Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, AND Ansu Fati put together only netted 28 times in 2021 – the same as Messi managed in almost half as long.
Meanwhile, Juventus’ second top scorer for 2021 is Alvaro Morata, with 17.
So he’s only three goals behind Ronaldo – but then again, he has had four more months in a Juve shirt than CR7 did.