Ronaldo & Messi's crazy 2021 feat

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have achieved yet another stunning goalscoring feat this year, despite having both moved to new clubs in August. 

Both superstars secured sensational moves in the previous transfer window, with the pair leaving Juventus and FC Barcelona, respectively. 

The Portuguese striker made a remarkable return to Manchester United, while the Argentine made a surprising switch to Paris Saint-Germain after it transpired that Barca could not afford to offer him a new deal. 

Scroll through the gallery below to see all the forwards nominated for the 2021 Men's FIFA FIFPRO World 11 team, including Ronaldo and Messi

Despite both of them joining new clubs in August, the pair have finished 2021 as their previous clubs' top scorers for the calendar year, per ESPN. 

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No player from the Bianconeri nor the Blaugrana has finished the year with a greater goal tally than the respective stars achieved before moving on to their new hunting grounds.

Messi's 28 strikes for the Catalan outfit was not topped by any of his former Camp Nou teammates, with only Antoine Griezmann, who himself is now on loan at Atletico Madrid, coming close with 15 goals for the Blaugrana in 2021. 

Ronaldo, meanwhile, netted 20 times for the Turin club this year before returning to England, with Alvaro Morata's 17 strikes falling just short of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's chart-topping contribution for Juve in 2021. 

Interestingly, both Juventus and Barca have struggled since the departures of their two former talismans, and finish the year languishing in fifth and seventh place in their respective domestic leagues.

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