Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi SEND A STRONG MESSAGE

The battle at the top between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is making headlines, Hugo Lloris is still loved in England and Juventus is celebrating his hero, find the latest information from the European sports press in your Foot Mercato press reviews.

00:00 Blue Thunder
01:10 Madrid always
01:50 Mission ended by landslide
02:25 Juve great faith
03:07 In Riyadh, there is only Messi and Ronaldo
04:50 Memphis is training today with Atleti

The CR7 vs Messi match lived up to its promises

This is the game that caught the eyes of the world, the last dance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in this friendly match between PSG and the all-star club side from Saudi Arabia. And as Le Parisien summed it up perfectly this morning within its pages: “In Riyadh, there is only Messi and Ronaldo. PSG won this Thursday against Riyadh Season Team (5-4), at the end of a fantastic match marked by a huge reception by the fans for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in which it was the first official appearance in Saudi Arabia.” The team believes that it is “Ronaldo 2 – Messi 1, the Portuguese for his first game in Saudi Arabia scored twice. He was more decisive than his great Argentinian rival. This confrontation between two football GOATS is obviously going round the world this morning and is also making headlines in Saudi Arabia where Arab News believes “Cristiano Ronaldo shines, but PSG wins”! Inside its pages, the Daily Mail wrote about “sadness to see a great rivalry end like this.” In Portugal, O Jogo hinted that “CR7 loses but finds its happy days”, while in Spain, Marca sees old memories as “CR7 and Messi are merciless, even in a friendly match”. For Corriere dello Sport, this top match between CR7 and Messi looks like a “circus” but it is “the last big confrontation between the two champions”. Finally, it is not noticed in Argentina where El Tribuno posted that “Messi wins the duel with Cristiano”, while for El Dia: “Messi continues to flourish and wins the duel against Cristiano.”

City’s attack is strong and Lloris needs a lot

In England, Manchester City came back from hell in a final match on day 7 of the Premier League! While trailing 2-0 at the break by Tottenham, Pep Guardiola’s men pulled out all the stops to finally win (4-2). This epic match made the front page of The Guardian this morning causing “blue thunder” to descend on the Etihad Stadium. “City come back strong against Spurs and send Arsenal a title warning,” wrote the daily that the Sky Blues are 5 points behind the Gunners. The Daily Mail was also on fire for the reversal match and these headlines: “Ho what an evening!” And Riyad Mahrez is in the spotlight because “he inspired City on an epic comeback” with his double. For its part, the Manchester Evening News believes that “from despair to joy, City will come back from a 0-2 and relaunch the title race.” Finally, the Daily Star attacked Hugo Lloris and published a scathing “Hugo la boulette” on its cover. According to the tabloid, the French goalkeeper is “under fire from critics” because he is guilty of a new mistake that has cost his team a lot. Times are tough for the former France goalkeeper…

Chiesa, the providential man of Juve

In Italy too there were matches and Juventus can thank one man for his qualification to the quarter-finals of the Coppa, it is Federico Chiesa! As Tuttosport said this morning: this “Juve has enormous faith. Chiesa came in and invented the qualifying goal: a wonder that makes you dream. The Italian hasn’t scored in 378 days: “I’m happy but we have to play better.” So the Old Lady won (2-1) against Monza and it was a real relief as reported by Corriere dello Sport, which also highlighted Chiesa “entering, scoring and taking Juve to the quarter-finals”. For its part, La Gazzetta dello Sport mentioned Chiesa’s “magic” with his “super goal”! Returning to attacker form is probably the best time for the Old Lady!

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