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Barça and Juve experience slumps following Messi and Cristiano exits

Both giants are struggling in their respective leagues with Barcelona in 9th in LaLiga and Juventus currently 7th in the Serie A standings.

Update:

Following the exits this summer from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from FC Barcelona and Juventus respectively, both clubs are struggling to adapt to the season without their mercurial talents.

The Argentine left the Catalan capital moving to PSG during the summer after the club failed to agree a financial set-up with LaLiga that would have permitted the striker to remain at Camp Nou.

Juventus and Cristiano parted ways with the Madeira born player making a return to former club Manchester United.

Both clubs have endured tricky starts to their domestic campaigns with Barça parting ways with coach Ronald Koeman earlier this week as the 'Azulgrana' fell 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano and the club languish in mid table in LaLiga.

With the return of Massimiliano Allegri on the Juve bench, hopes were high that the Turin based club would bounce back after Inter won the Serie A title ending nine years of 'bianconeri' dominance. Juve have won four games, drawn three and lost three games this season in the league with the latest set-back coming this midweek as they fell 1-2 at home to Sassuolo.

Early form suggests that both sides are coming to terms following the departures of two of the finest players in recent times as both Messi and Ronaldo adapt to life in Paris and Manchester respectively.

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