Thursday March 14 2019
Messi impressed by Ronaldo

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi admitted Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Atletico Madrid was a ‘big surprise’ but praised Juventus for a ‘magical night’.

Ronaldo struck three times to not only overturn Juve’s 2-0 deficit against Atleti but also send them into the Champions League quarter-finals, while Messi scored twice and provided two assists as Barcelona thrashed Olympique Lyonnais 5-1.

“Who impressed me? So much has happened until now, but what Cristiano did at Juve was a big surprise,” the No 10 told UEFA’s official website.

“I was expecting a different Atletico. Juventus have so much potential. They had a magical night with those three goals.

“Now all the teams are strong. I couldn’t choose [an opponent]. We’ll see who we get in the draw. We’ll prepare as best we can.”

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