Messi hails ‘magical’ Ronaldo

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14 Mar 2019, 04:39 IST
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Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick efficiency towards Atletico Madrid as “magical” following his personal dazzling show for Barcelona within the Champions League.

Ronaldo equalled Messi’s Champions League hat-trick document together with his eighth in Juventus’ 3-Zero victory over Atletico on Tuesday – the treble sealing a surprising 3-2 combination triumph en path to the quarter-finals.

Barca joined Juve within the final eight after Messi’s two objectives and two assists impressed a 5-1 rout of Lyon at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Whereas Messi produced one other sensible efficiency, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner praised Ronaldo’s show 24 hours earlier.

“Plenty of issues I favored in regards to the Champions League,” Messi advised Movistar after Barca’s match.

“Yesterday, Cristiano and Juventus impressed me. I assumed Atletico can be stronger. Cristiano had a magical night time with all three objectives.”

The last-16 tie between Barca and Lyon was evenly poised following final month’s goalless attract France.

Barca put 5 objectives previous Lyon however it was not all clean crusing for the LaLiga champions, who led 2-Zero after 31 minutes because of Messi and Philippe Coutinho, just for Lucas Tousart to tug a aim again when the sport was approaching the hour-mark.

Nevertheless, Barca put the tie past doubt with three late objectives inside eight minutes from Messi, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to see off the Ligue 1 guests.

“We difficult ourselves solely in a set-piece motion,” Messi mentioned. “We spent minutes of struggling, [but] with 3-1 all the things calmed down.

“We went from the begin to search for it, once we discovered the aim we dealt with the ball higher, we moved it calmly, noticed the perfect model.”

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