Real Madrid to Face Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League Draw

It is a mouthwatering clash which will be the hot topic of football discussions for many months.

On Monday, defending champions Real Madrid were drawn against big spending Paris Saint-Germain in what will be the stand-out tie of the Champions League last 16 stage.

It is a match which will put Cristiano Ronaldo — a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and the highest scorer in the tournament’s history — against Neymar, the world’s most expensive player.

With 25 goals, PSG finished the group stages with a record number of goals scored and, before the last-16 draw, were the bookmakers’ favorites to win European football’s biggest club competition.

But the two-legged tie, the first of which will be played on 14 February, against Real Madrid will be a first litmus test of PSG’s Champions League ambitions after the recruitment of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer.

Other last-16 highlights include former champions Chelsea versus five-time winners Barcelona and Juventus’ clash against Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Real 3-1 at home in the group stages.

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders Manchester City appear, on paper, to have the kindest last-16 tie after being drawn against Swiss champions FC Basel, while five-time winners Liverpool take on Portuguese side Porto.

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