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What Lionel Messi said about Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League hat-trick

Mirror logo Mirror 13/03/2019 Alex Smith
Ronaldo scored a sensational treble on Tuesday © AFP/Getty Images Ronaldo scored a sensational treble on Tuesday

Lionel Messi has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo's "magical" Champions League hat-trick was "impressive".

Superstar Ronaldo bagged a brilliant treble to almost single handedly drag Juventus past Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16.

Ronaldo's goals helped his side overcome a two-goal deficit from the first-leg on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo's Balon d'Or rival Messi watched the magical performance before having his own quality-filled European night to assist Barcelona past Lyon on Wednesday.

Not to be outdone, Messi bagged a brace of his own at the Nou Camp.

a man holding a microphone: Lionel Messi was © ALBERTO ESTEVEZ/EPA-EFE/REX Lionel Messi was The Argentine cheekily lifted a Panenka penalty in to get Barca on their way to a 5-1 on the night win and a place in the quarter-finals.

Messi also netted the third goal and told Mundo Deportivo after the victory: "The thing about Cristiano and Juventus yesterday was impressive, it was a big surprise, Juventus went over Atletico, I hoped they would have more strength.

"Juventus has a lot of potential and Cristiano had a magical night with his three goals."

Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele also got on the score sheet to put Barca in Friday's draw - where they could face Ronaldo's Juventus.

Premier League sides Liverpool , Manchester United and Manchester City along with Porto and Ajax are also potential opponents. 

Diego Maradona was also impressed by Ronaldo's performance against Atleti.

Maradona said: “There are players who have been touched by a magic wand. We Argentines are proud that Lionel Messi is Argentinian.

"The other one is an animal. Ronaldo is pure power, and now he’s also a sorcerer. He said he’d score three goals and he scored three goals.”

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