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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are football's gift to the modern world

Eamonn Sweeney


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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona

It was business as usual on Tuesday night. In the 56th minute of Juventus' match against Genoa, Cristiano Ronaldo took possession five yards inside the opposition half, powered forward and from 25 yards struck a ferocious shot into the right corner of the net.

Six minutes earlier, Lionel Messi had placed the ball on the penalty spot in Barcelona's crucial meeting with Atletico Madrid, taken a few steps and drifted the gentlest of chips into the left corner as 'keeper Jan Oblak dived to the right.

The stadiums may have been empty in the strangest season soccer has ever seen but the Age of Messi and Ronaldo carried on regardless. Messi's penalty brought his career total to 700 goals, a landmark attained by Ronaldo back in October and by only five other players in the history of the game.