Ballon D’Or winners, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were on Thursday paired against each other in this season’s UEFA Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in the draw held at the RTS studios in Geneva, Switzerland.
The two heavyweights were drawn in Group G along with Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine, with the fourth team still to be determined.
Last season finalists, Paris Saint-Germain, was drawn up against Manchester United and Germany’s RB Leipzig in Group H.
PSG defeated the German side 3-0 in last season semi-final before losing to Bayern Munich in its first-ever final appearance in the UEFA premier club competition.
English champions Liverpool will face Ajax and Atalanta in Group D.
Holders Bayern will face Atletico Madrid and will also have a short trip across the border to meet Austrian Salzburg in Group A.
The group stage starts on October 20, and all six rounds of games will be crammed into eight weeks in a schedule that is even more packed than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Group stage draw in full:
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, FK Krasnodar, Rennes
Group F: Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Bruges
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros
Group H: Paris St-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir