Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Lionel Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo had a magical night against Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo had a magical night against Atletico Madrid

The old song "Anything you can do, I can do better" immediately springs to mind.

Messi scored two - including a sublime "Penenka" penalty - and laid on two assists as Barcelona hammered Lyon 5-1 in Spain to win their last 16 tie by the same scoreline on aggregate. Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele both added goals to their name - both assisted by Messi - to ensure the Blaugrana's campaign would live another round.

"Yesterday, Cristiano and Juventus impressed me".

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had warned his side of complacency after Paris St Germain and Real Madrid's surprise exits, and his words carried more weight after Atletico Madrid were knocked out by Juventus despite a 2-0 first leg win.

After applying a lot of attacking pressure from the off, Barcelona found the breakthrough via a penalty converted by Lionel Messi, after Luis Suarez was adjudged to have been tackled unfairly in the area by Jason Denayer. Ronaldo is pure power and is now also a sorcerer: "he said that he'd score three goals and he scored three goals".

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The 31-year-old believes that any of the teams left in the Champions League will be hard opponents for Barça.

"All of the opponents are complicated", Messi added. Ajax, for example, showed that they're an incredible team of youngsters and they don't fear anyone. "We weren't up to the challenge and we were up against a great team, and in the end we were well beaten", he said.

You don't have to pick one, but as long as Messi and Ronaldo keep trying to battle for top spot, we're going to see some sensational performances for years to come.

The draw for the next round takes place on Friday at 11am GMT in Nyon, Switzerland.

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