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Thomas Muller aims sly dig at Messi with Ronaldo and Real Madrid remark

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‘Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi’ will go down as football’s eternally unanswerable question. The two legends have defined an era of the sport and are amongst the best players to step onto the field in history in their own right.

The Argentine has seemingly taken the edge over his Portuguese counterpart by winning the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year. However, there is a strong case to argue that Ronaldo at Real Madrid was far more decisive in Europe than Messi ever was.

Bayern Munich eliminated Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe’s PSG from this season’s UEFA Champions League in the Round of 16 last night with a 3-0 win on aggregate.

Speaking to the media after the Bavarians’ big win, Bayern veteran Thomas Muller spoke about his success in getting the better of Messi time and time again and had special words for Real Madrid. As revealed by Georg Holzner, he said,

“When it comes to results, we always do well against Lionel Messi – at all levels. At the club level, it was always Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid who was a problem for us.”

There is a clear element of truth in Muller’s statements for Bayern Munich have recorded some of their most dominant wins in the UCL against Barcelona with Messi. The 8-2 triumph at Lisbon was the cherry on the cake.

Meanwhile, there is another angle to view Muller’s words. While Ronaldo’s influence on Real Madrid’s success was instrumental, the German’s choice of words is interesting. His emphasis that he only struggled against Ronaldo at the club level goes to speak volumes about how Real Madrid as a team have dominated the German champions time and time again.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich could meet in the future rounds of the UCL this season, especially given that the Merengues’ qualification to the quarterfinal is all but guaranteed.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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