Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

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.

The Portuguese superstar bagged an incredible hat-trick to fire Juventus through to the last eight of the Champions League, just when they needed him most.

"With what happened [Tuesday] with Cristiano and Juventus was really impressive", Messi told FCBarcelona.com. "I was surprised because I honestly thought Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus ran over them".

And Ronaldo duly obliged with all of three goals they needed to progress to the quarter-final.

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

Barcelona fans will not want to admit it, but Cristiano Ronaldo stole the limelight last night. Messi has beaten them more than any other side: 28 times to be precise. "The truth is that us Argentines are proud that Messi is Argentinian and did not go with the Spanish", said Maradona. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.

On Wednesday, Barcelona take on Lyon in the Champions League round of 16 second leg at the Nou Camp.

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.

Both players have winning the continent's elite tournament again as a priority.

Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.

Only one team has managed to resist a Barcelona team with Messi playing, UDA Gramenet, who play in the Second Catalan Division. Liverpool eliminated Bundesliga power Bayern Munich 3-1 to make the final cut.

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