“What happened to Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus was impressive, I thought Atletico would be stronger” – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi admits he was impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Juventus’ win over Atletico Madrid and claims his rival had a ‘magical night’ in the Champions League.

Ronaldo struck three times in Turin to rescue Juve, who were chasing a 2-0 defeat from their first leg against Atletico, and secure his side’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals. Messi, meanwhile, scored twice as Barcelona eased to a 5-1 victory over Lyon at Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.

Messi could now face Ronaldo in the last eight of the Champions League and the Argentine is expecting Barca to get a tough draw on Friday. ‘I liked a lot of things about the Champions League,’ Messi told Movistar after Barcelona’s win over Lyon.

‘What happened yesterday for Cristiano and Juventus was impressive. ‘It was a surprise, I thought Atletico would be stronger.

‘Juve have great potential, Cristiano had a magical night with all three goals. ‘Wait for the draw, all the teams remaining are tough. We must wait calmly to see who we will play and prepare for the hardest thing that is coming now.’

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