'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

Cristiano Ronaldo is situated on the right, with the Portuguese having scored a sensational hat-trick against Atletico as Juventus made a remarkable comeback.

Not to be outdone, Messi responded a day later by scoring twice and providing two assists to turn a balanced matchup against Lyon into a 5-1 blowout.

Either way, they are both exceptional talents and they've proved that once again this week.

Ronaldo used an obscene gesture, mimicking a similar one by Atletico coach Diego Simeone during the first leg, after the final whistle of the 3-0 win in Turin.

"What Cristiano and Juventus did on Tuesday was impressive", Messi told Catalunya Radio.

Messi, in contrast, followed up his outstanding performance by praising Ronaldo.

Messi opened the scoring against Lyon from the penalty spot before Philippe Coutinho doubled the home side's lead at Camp Nou before the break.

"Atletico were a hard team but we were strong too".

Messi worked a bit of his usual magic as well.

Lucas Tousart's effort pulled Lyon back into the tie briefly and Messi, who scored Barca's third and then created goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele, admitted the Catalans nearly let things get away from them. He then set up two more goals. "He was like Ronaldo".

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. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.

"We are all psyched up for the Champions League and so is Leo".

"I faced Messi when he was 16 years old and I was amazed".

Lionel Messi is on track to win an unprecedented sixth Golden Boot at the end of this season, courtesy of his exploits in Spain's top flight.

Ancelotti, who won the competition with Ronaldo at Real Madrid, said: "Everybody expects him to lose his ability over the years, but he never drops off". Ajax have got lots of great young players who aren't scared of anything.

"It'll be hard no matter who we face".

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