On Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fans were proudly proclaiming their hero as the greatest footballer of all time following his hat-trick for Juventus against Atletico Madrid.
Twenty-four hours later, Lionel Messi’s fans were saying the exact same thing about their favourite player after he scored two goals and provided two assists for Barcelona against Lyon.
The old song ‘Anything you can do, I can do better’ immediately springs to mind.
Messi may not have scored a hat-trick at the Camp Nou but he did make a direct contribution to four of Barça’s five goals.
His first of the night was an exquisite Panenka penalty, while his second goal was a typically brilliant solo effort. (You can watch both goals HERE).
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He then set up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele for two goals in the final 10 minutes as the hosts added gloss to the scoreline and booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Messi was interviewed by the Spanish press after the match and was asked to give his thoughts about Juve’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
"What Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus did was impressive," the Argentine was quoted as saying by Marca.
However, he also said that he ”thought Atletico Madrid would be tougher” after Diego Simeone’s side surrendered their 2-0 first-leg advantage.
But on Cristiano, Messi added:
"Ronaldo had a magical night with three goals."
Respect to Messi for admitting his long-term rival had a ‘magical’ night.
The 31-year-old believes that any of the teams left in the Champions League will be difficult opponents for Barça.
"All of the opponents are complicated," he said. "Ajax, for example, showed that they're an amazing team of youngsters and they don't fear anyone.
"It'll be difficult no matter who we face. We have to prepare ourselves for a tough challenge."
It’s now possible that we’ll see Messi and Ronaldo going head-to-head once again in the quarter-finals.
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