Messi praises Ronaldo's "magical" night after helping Barça progress in Europe

The Barça forward said he doesn't mind who the Catalans get in the last eight of the Champions League

Leo Messi anotó un doblete contra el Lyon
Leo Messi anotó un doblete contra el Lyon | VALENTÍ ENRICH

Lionel Messi scored two and made two as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to make the last eight of the Champions League for a 12th successive season.

There was a moment in the second half when Lyon got back to 2-1 and looked capable of an upset for a very short spell. 

"We suffered a little bit at 2-1 and to be honest it wasn't necessary," Messi said. "We complicated things for ourselves at a set play because they hadn't done anything.

"Luckily we then got the third goal... There was moment of suspense before [it crossed the line] I thought it wasn't going to go in. But it did and that calmed us down."

Messi's heroics came after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to help Juventus come from behind to beat Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.  

"What Cristiano and Juventus did on Tuesday was impressive," Messi added. "It was a big surprise. I thought Atletico would be a lot stronger, but Juve were all over them and Cristiano had a magical night." 

Barça are joined in the next round by four English sides, Juve, Ajax and Porto. 

"We don't want to choose [an opponent for the next round] because they're all really tough," he said. "[Manchester] City, Juventus, Ajax, who have a great team of kids and don't fear anything, Liverpool, who've shown they pack a punch...

"We're relaxed and we have to prepare for the toughest test possible, which is what's coming now."


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