Messi leads demolition of Lyon to take Barca to Champions League quarters

The five-times world player of the year has not hoisted the Champions League trophy since 2015 while Ronaldo has won it four times in the last five seasons with Real and has staked his claim to win it again with Juventus

Lionel Messi praised Cristiano Ronaldo's "magical" performance for Juventus against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after helping Barcelona join the Italians in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Either way, they are both exceptional talents and they've proved that once again this week.

"We are all psyched up for the Champions League and so is Leo".

Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest footballer of all time and will make history at Juventus, says the Portugal superstar's agent Jorge Mendes.

Messi topped off his performance with two late assists to take him to four goal involvements on the night (which pips Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of three last night).

"Bro I'm counting on you for the Champions League return", Evra said.

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He had two opportunities to match Ronaldo and complete a treble as Lyon continued to crumble, but chose instead to set up Pique and Dembele.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor rocked up to the Camp Nou on Wednesday looking to book Barcelona's place in the Champions League quarter-finals following a drab 0-0 draw in the first leg in Lyon.

The 31-year-old has now found the back of the net on 36 occasions in as many matches across all competitions for Barca so far this season, and has also assisted a further 21 strikes.

Barca were dominant from the start, as Anthony Lopes leaped across goal to plug out Lionel Messi's curling effort on five minutes.

"There are several very good teams", Messi said.

"We'll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet". "[Manchester] City, Juventus, Ajax, who have a great team of kids and don't fear anything, Liverpool, who've shown they pack a punch".

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