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Lionel Messi hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘magical night’

Lionel Messi hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘magical night’

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was showered with praise by his coach Ernesto Valverde and losing manager Bruno Genesio after a headline performance in his side's 5-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Lyon tried to force their way back into the tie with a second half goal which made it 2-1, but Messi wasn't having any of it.

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 truth is that us Argentines are proud that Messi is Argentinian and did not go with the Spanish", said Maradona. "He was like Ronaldo". It is true maybe this year he's had some not great matches, but in some specific times he did well, he scored two goals against Sevilla.

The playmaker netted during the victory over Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but the alleged Manchester United target has acknowledged that his future at the Catalan giants remains unclear.

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

Coutinho refused to commit his long-term future to Barcelona
Coutinho refused to commit his long-term future to Barcelona

The 31-year-old put his side ahead with a ideal Panenka penalty within the first 20 minutes of the match.

Two weeks later, when the two sides met again in Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick. Messi has won it four times, Ronaldo five.

Messi added: "There are some very good teams left like Manchester City, Juventus like I said".

Gary Lineker has Tweeted a poll asking football fans from around the world to vote for who they think is the best between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with 380,000 people voting. Liverpool eliminated Bundesliga power Bayern Munich 3-1 to make the final cut.

"We'll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet".

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