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Ronaldo vs Messi: PSG face Man Utd in UCL knockouts

Stakes can’t be hire then this as Cristiano
Ronaldo will be up against long-time rival Lionel Messi when Manchester United
and Paris Saint-Germain face off in the Champions League round of 16.

PSG will be
at home in the first leg in February in a tie that will see Lionel Messi and
Cristiano Ronaldo come up against each other.

Atletico
Madrid and Bayern Munich were drawn together in the other standout tie, while
holders Chelsea will face French champions Lille.

Messi moved
to Paris in August just before his old rival Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford
for a second spell.

United famously
beat PSG in the last 16 in 2018/19 at the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign
as manager, recovering from a 2-0 loss at home in the first leg to win the
return 3-1 and advance on away goals.

The clubs
also met in the group stage last season, with the away side winning on each
occasion.

Despite the
signing of Messi, Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG finished second in their group this
season behind Manchester City, while United topped Group F ahead of Villarreal.

Pep
Guardiola’s City will play Villarreal, who beat United on penalties in last
season’s Europa League final and qualified for the last 16 ahead of Atalanta.

Meanwhile
Liverpool will play Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, who are through to
the knockout phase for the first time.

Record
13-time European champions Real Madrid were drawn against two-time former
European Cup winners Benfica, with the first leg in Lisbon.

Inter Milan
play Ajax and Portuguese champions Sporting will take on Juventus.

Last 16
match-ups in the UEFA Champions League following Monday’s draw:

Benfica
(POR) v Real Madrid (ESP)

Villarreal
(ESP) v Manchester City (ENG)

Atletico
Madrid (ESP) v Bayern Munich (GER)

RB Salzburg
(AUT) v Liverpool (ENG)

Inter Milan
(ITA) v Ajax (NED)

Sporting
Lisbon (POR) v Juventus (ITA)

Chelsea
(ENG) v Lille (FRA)

Paris
Saint-Germain (FRA) v Manchester United (ENG)

First legs
to be played on February 15-16 and February 22-23 and second legs on March 8-9
and March 15-16

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