Messi hails Ronaldo’s “magical” effort for Juventus

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has praised Cristiano Ronaldo after he pulled off a sensational hat-trick that noticed his facet make an excellent comeback from being 2-nil down in Juventus’ UEFA Champions League last-16 tie towards Atletico Madrid. “What Cristiano and Juventus did on Tuesday was spectacular,” Messi instructed Catalunya Radio. “It was an enormous shock. I assumed Atletico can be rather a lot stronger, however Juve have been throughout them and Cristiano had a magical evening.” Messi has been in sensational type all through the season and one may see him at his absolute best towards Olympique Lyonnais when Barça completely hammered the French facet by an enormous margin of 5-1, reserving their passage into the Champions League quarter-finals. Messi completed the sport with two objectives and two assists, changing into the primary participant in UCL historical past to take action. (Photograph: VI Photos/Getty Photos) The Catalan giants have been below the pump having drawn Zero-Zero within the away leg of the fixture. Messi opened the scoring for his facet from the penalty spot earlier than Philippe Coutinho doubled the lead simply earlier than the break. Whereas Lucas Tousart’s effort for the guests despatched some nerves chilling within the Barça camp, the house facet did properly to increase their lead. Messi created objectives for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele, and bagged a second strike himself. Lyon coach Bruno Genesio stated: “Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode. He’s a genius and may do issues that no person else can. Generally he's simply unstoppable.” When the opposition coach speaks such extremely of you, you realize that you've executed a beautiful job to your facet and that's what Leo did. With Barca being by to the final eight, rival golf equipment shall be eager to keep away from Messi and Co. in Friday’s quarter-final draw.