Barcelona: 4 spectacular Lionel Messi stats from 2018/19


Reports in Spain claim that Ronaldo had assured friends and family that Juve would overcome a 2-0 first-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid and that he would score a hat-trick to send the Old Lady through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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

Ajax, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto, Tottenham Hotspur and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus squad also advanced to the quarterfinals.

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

Lionel Messi lead the way with two goals and two assists as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style by thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate.

It didn't take long for Messi to make an impact. The Whites have scored just 47 times across the Spanish top flight this season and risk being embarrassed and overtaken by Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, who have 17 and 26 goals respectively, totalling to 43.

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With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon.

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

That places him above Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool among others.

Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.

Messi added: "There are some very good teams left like Manchester City, Juventus like I said".

"We'll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet".