Messi Hails Ronaldo's 'Magical' Night Against Atletico

14 March, 2019, 19:08 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • The five-times world player of the year has not hoisted the Champions League trophy since 2015 while Ronaldo has won it four times in the last five seasons with Real and has staked his claim to win it again with Juventus

Second half: Tousart pulls one back. 2-1.

"We are all psyched up for the Champions League and so is Leo".

"What Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus did was impressive", the Barcelona skipper said after the 5-1 thrashing of Lyon at the Nou Camp, as per MARCA.

The sight of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo firing Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night was perhaps all the inspiration that Lionel Messi needed.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, meanwhile, added: "If Messi had been playing for us then maybe the result would have been different". Instead, he just followed the ball and let it run through Marcelo's legs, at which point - we can safely assume - his soul went somewhere, anywhere, but not his body. "He produced an outstanding performance tonight, he was incredible", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.

The Argentine began the game with serious intent, forcing Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to beat away a thumping shot in the opening minutes.


The last-16 tie between Barca and Lyon was evenly poised following last month's goalless draw in France. The Argentine opened scoring during the 17th minute of the contest, when he fooled Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes with a handsome Panenka penalty kick.

He continued to torment the visitors, gifting defender Pique a sliding tap-in with a attractive pass and then setting up substitute Dembele.

"We have to concede they were better than us".

With both Juve and Barca in the hat for Friday's quarterfinal draw, the pair of generational greats could soon cross paths - although Messi said the challenge posed by any of the remaining teams was a tough one.

"There was no anti-Messi plan, and it's so hard to defend against a player of his quality". He's a genius and can do things that nobody else can.

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