Messi hails Ronaldo's 'magical' night for Juventus after Barcelona win

Lionel Messi,Champions League,Barcelona

Lionel Messi,Champions League,Barcelona

Lionel Messi celebrating a goal for FC Barcelona.

With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon.

A couple of goals tonight would put him well in contention to win the Golden Boot, although it will be silly to rule out Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns things on in the knockout stages and is now on four goals. "I was surprised because I honestly thought Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus ran over them".

The Champions League Quarter Final Draw will be held on Friday.

Ronaldo has now scored 23 goals in all competitions for Juventus this season, while Messi has netted 36 goals.

Barcelona fans will not want to admit it, but Cristiano Ronaldo stole the limelight last night.

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

"We did everything we could to stop (Messi), but when he is playing like this he is one of the best players of all time", Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.

Ronaldo is looking to lead Juventus to their first Champions League trophy since 1996 having won it five times himself as a player already. Xavi achieved this feat in 767 appearances while Messi took only 673 matches to achieve this record.

Two weeks later, when the two sides met again in Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick.

Wednesday evening was a very good one for Barcelona. It was a one-off match in Gramenet's ground, who were then in the Segunda Division B. Barça lost 1-0 that day and Messi was a starter. Liverpool has a lot of firepower like it showed against Bayern (Munich).

"It'll be hard no matter who we face".

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