Lionel Messi Praises ‘Awesome’ Cristiano Ronaldo After Juventus Showing

Lionel Messi Praises ‘Awesome’ Cristiano Ronaldo After Juventus Showing
Mar 14, 2019

Barcelona Champions League Juventus News

Lionel Messi was full of praise for Cristiano Ronaldo following this week’s Champions League action which saw both the Argentine and Ronaldo key in helping their team progress to the last eight of the competition.

Having being beaten 2-0 by Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano, Juventus had to score three unanswered goals to overcome the first-leg deficit and Ronaldo was on hand to score the hat-trick that saw the 34-year-old knock Diego Simeone’s side out.

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In Spain, Barcelona had the task of defeating Lyon at the Camp Nou after failing to score away from home in the first leg and unsurprisingly, following Ronaldo’s big stage performance, Messi also delivered, two goals and two assists to be exact as Ernesto Valverde’s side cruised to a 5-1 win. The win saw Barcelona join Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Ajax, Tottenham, Liverpool and FC Porto in the quarter-finals.

Messi had admitted his surprise at Atlético’s capitulation, but praised Ronaldo and Juventus for a ‘magical night’, telling Movistar+: “Cristiano and Juventus were awesome. It was a big surprise because I thought Atlético would be stronger, but Juventus overcame them and Cristiano had a magical night with three goals.” 

The 31-year-old also revealed he had no preference to Barcelona’s opponent in the next round due to the difficulty of all the teams left. “Manchester City, Juventus, Ajax, all are really good. Liverpool have offensive success and they showed at Munich. They will all be complicated,” he added.

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