Juventus and Barcelona were drawn in the same group for the upcoming UEFA Champions League season this week, setting the football world abuzz at the prospect of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off once again. The two icons have competed in 35 games in all competitions. Messi has won more games (16-10, D9) and scored more goals (22-19) in those encounters than Ronaldo.
3 years had passed since a team from one of Europe’s big five leagues scored four or more goals in their first three league games until Atalanta followed up 4-2 and 4-1 away wins over Torino and Lazio respectively with a 5-2 victory over Cagliari. Michel, Emilio Butragueno and Hugo Sanchez helped Real Madrid achieve the feat in La Liga in 1987/88.