As Bayern Munich eliminated Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League, Thomas Muller poked fun at Lionel Messi by saying that Cristiano Ronaldo has always posed a threat to the German powerhouses, while the Bavarians have enjoyed facing Messi a lot more over the years.
In the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, Muller led Bayern to a 2-0 victory over PSG in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League matchup.
The Bavarians won the first leg 1-0 in Paris three weeks ago and now they have advanced to the quarterfinals with an incredible 3-0 aggregate victory.
Lionel Messi exhibited signs of annoyance in both the legs of the match against the German side.
Bayern Munich Manager Julian Nagelsmann successfully neutralised Messi by preventing the PSG star from sneaking past the defence or regularly linking with teammates, particularly the lethal Kylian Mbappe.
Thomas Muller makes Messi Ronaldo comparison
Muller appeared to make fun of Messi’s ineffective performance during the post-game press conference while acknowledging that Bayern had trouble stopping Ronaldo when he played for Real Madrid.
After receiving the Man of the Match award after the game, Muller said: “When it comes to results, we always do well against Lionel Messi – at all levels. At club level, it was always Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid who was a problem for us. Messi’s individual performance at the World Cup was amazing. He carried the whole (Argentina) squad. It’s not so easy to play at a team like PSG. It’s difficult to get a really good team balance.”
Muller’s words have a certain element of truth to them, since Bayern Munich have registered some of their most dominant triumphs in the UCL versus Barcelona with Messi.
The infamous 8-2 crushing at Lisbon was one of many examples.
On the other hand, Ronaldo has always performed far better against Bayern Munich when it comes to comparison.
In eight games versus the Bundesliga champions, the Al-Nassr forward has scored nine goals, including one hat trick and three doubles.
Meanwhile, Messi has scored only four goals against Bayern Munich in nine appearances. He has suffered 6 defeates against the Germans side and has only won twice, with one game ending in a draw.
Lionel Messi is now slated to make a decision on his PSG future, with his current deal with the club expiring in the summer.
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