Hello everyone, this is my first serious attempt at a challenge, and the Messi and Ronaldo One Last Dance Challenge by @Rob seems to be a short and fun challenge for me to try (and micromanage).
If there's anything missing please kindly remind me since this is my first post here.
So, the challenge: sign Ronaldo for Barcelona and play two seasons. Sum of goals and assists for Messi and Ronaldo, along with Manager Profile Goal Difference gives the score.
(I forgot to screenshot the new game setup but no unlockables and no IGE used)
As you can see I did a major overhaul of the squad, just because I couldn't stand the bunch of old players at Barcelona with super high wages.
Another reason was that I was planning on a fast tempo and high line defending, so slow players at the back like Pique and Busquets had to go.
Dembele got injured for 3 separate occasions in the first half of the season, so when a big bid from Man Utd came, why not?
I also sold Jordi Alba as he was underperforming and leaking goals on the left side, so in came Gaya as replacement.
Sterling came in when he was transfer listed, along with Allan as I didn't have a more defensive midfielder.
At the beginning of the season I mostly used a 41221.
Somewhere after October I started to alternate between these 2 tactics, depending on the opponent formation.
The 4222 worked quite well against teams who sit back a lot with 2 DMs.
The 4231 worked incredibly well against teams without a DM.
I retrained all of my CBs at DM, and I would push up one of them to DM if the opponent has a 3-man midfield and 1 central ST (mostly 41221), or has 1 AMF and 1 ST (notably 4231).
Near the end of the season, I mostly used the 4231, because of 1 particular match.
I was pretty lucky with injuries, with only Messi getting a 3 week injury near the start of the season.
Ronaldo was injury-free, except for 2 injury scares which happen only inside the matches.
Here are some notable matches.
We totally dominated the league.
I found the Spanish league very easy to beat, compared to my long term save where I was playing with Man Utd.
Perhaps it's my luck, but I found tweaking tactics to beat different opponent formations to be much easier than in PL.
Champions League results
Ronaldo was absolutely on fire in the Champions League in the knockout rounds.
The knockout matches:
I had no idea how Porto got to the Champions League final.
Super Cup results
We couldn't score except for a penalty won by Messi, but we still won the trophy.
Another bug where everything except the team names and team colours got switched.
The point is, we easily won the Spanish Cup.
Messi's stats dropped slightly, but he was still world class.
Messi had a massive return, mostly in terms in assists, since I put him on corners and free kicks.
Ronaldo's attributes dropped more than Messi, which is understandable given his age.
Ronaldo had a massive season, with 71 goals, of which 25 come from Champions League and 29 from Spanish League.
I imagine this would be extremely hard to replicate, given that he's going to be 36 next season.
20 for discipline is all thanks to the tips on this forum teaching me to give warnings or fine players with match ratings of 6 or below.
Overall squad performance
Zaha performed surprisingly well, while Sterling could have had more goals and assists if I had signed him in the summer.
Season 1 score
Score of Ronaldo = 71 + 11 = 82
Score of Messi = 34 + 47 = 81
Goal difference = 211 - 28 = 183
Season 1 total = 82 + 81 + 183 = 346