Lionel Messi reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo UEFA Champions League hat-trick for Juventus v Atletico
Posted: 14 March 2019 Time: 17:43
FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has shared his opinion on the match-winning hat-trick of Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Champions League last-16 that helped Juventus past Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo netted a hat-trick on Tuesday to steer Juve into the quarter-final stage of Europe's elite club competition.
And after Messi responded with a sublime showing himself in a record-breaking night, he was asked about his rivals' achievement.
"What Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus did was impressive," the forward said after the Lyon match, as per Marca.
"I thought Atletico Madrid would be tougher. Ronaldo had a magical night with three goals."
Messi and his teammates will soon find out if they'll face Ronaldo and Juventus in the next round, but the 31-year-old isn't thinking about that.
"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.