Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has also sadly left European soccer: his contract was terminated by mutual consent with Manchester United during the 2022 World Cup due to a scandalous interview with British journalist Piers Morgan. In the interview, the Portuguese national team star criticized the club’s management and manager Erik ten Hag. After the World Cup, he moved to Saudi professional league Al Nassr, signing a deal worth 200 million euros a year.
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The pair have been the main attraction of every Champions League season over the years and now, with their absence, other stars will play a similar role for fans. Speaking at a media meet and greet, former Chelsea and Manchester City defender Terry Phelan believes that the duo will not be missed much as there is other quality Players who can still get fans in their seats.
Life goes on, doesn’t it? The clubs go on. I don’t think any player is bigger than his club. It’s very interesting for managers at the moment. If you look at PSG, they had three of the best strikers in the world – Neymar, Mbappe and Messi. They couldn’t score together, any manager would love to have them. Obviously Ronaldo has gone. He has left Manchester United. He won everything he could win in Europe. Messi has moved on to David Beckham’s Inter Miami. Life goes on and of course they will be missed. If you look at PSG, I don’t think Messi has really caught on in Paris. I think it was a bad move for him, to be honest, and he didn’t really settle in, he said.
We still have stars in the Champions League. Jude Bellingham is there, Erling Haaland is there, Robert Lewandowski, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane is there with Bayern. Everyone will be looking at him to see what he can do. Ilkay Gündogan for. Barcelona. Vinicius Jr. There are future stars who can score goals. I think the world goes on and soccer certainly goes on, he added.
But the 56-year-old specialist also noted that, apart from Kylian Mbappe, no one in Europe now can match Ronaldo or Messi. There are great players, maybe not as great as Messi or Ronaldo. Only Mbappe is at that level. If you look around, there are a few more quality players, he said.
Meanwhile, fans expect Manchester City to start their title defense on a strong note. The defending champions will meet Group G rival Red Star at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. However, Pep Guardiola will be wary of the threat from Bayern Munich, who are aiming to win the trophy. The Bundesliga giants have strengthened their squad with the arrival of Harry Kane, and the English striker has been an immediate starter.
Naming their main rivals this season, former head ofBengaluru FC head coach Ashley Westwood said: Obviously, Manchester City. They are probably one of the top favorites. They have started In the Premier League, the team has started the season well with four wins out of four. Last season, they won a triumph and strengthened their team. They have made some decent acquisitions. Obviously, Real Madrid with Jude Bellingham has started this season very well. In the match against England the other day, Bellingham was probably the best player on the pitch.
Another team that stands out is Bayern Munich, who have added Harri Kane. He seems to form a formidable partnership with Leroy Sane in particular. They have started the season very well. Bayern Munich have always been strong. They have fantastic players, fantastic strikers, good midfield players. Last season they lacked a center forward and now they have Harry Kane. So I will be very surprised if one of these teams doesn’t win the Champions League in the This season, he added.