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

14 March 2019

Like it or not, comparisons will always be made between two of the greatest footballers of all-time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Lionel MESSI scored twice and had two assists in FC Barcelona's 5-1 win against Lyon.

"What Cristiano and Juventus did on Tuesday was impressive", Messi told Catalunya Radio. "I thought Atletico would be a lot stronger, but Juve were all over them and Cristiano had a magical night". A couple of goals tonight would put him well in contention to win the Golden Boot, although it will be silly to rule out Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns things on in the knockout stages and is now on four goals.

Barca reached the last eight of Europe's elite competition for the 12th consecutive season and will be Spain's only representatives in Friday's quarter-final draw.

"Ajax (who beat Real Madrid in the last 16), for example, showed that they're an wonderful team of youngsters and they don't fear anyone".

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"It is impossible to look only at one team", Valverde said of the draw.

"Luckily we then got the third goal. We'll see who we will play, but any opponent will be complicated".

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.

Lucas Tousart pulled a goal back for Lyon in the 58th minute, before Messi added his second in the 78th and then teed up Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele. "The referee can decide to give it or not".

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"We always knew it would be like this".

"We have to concede they were better than us". We were able to recover the ball higher, posed problems and reduced the score.

Suarez then rounded Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to lay on a ideal pass for the unmarked Philippe Coutinho to nudge into an open net and double Barca's lead, although Lyon hauled themselves back into contention with a second-half strike from Lucas Tousart. "Finally, the doctor asked me to take him out so as not to take any chances".

Genesio said: "Antho (Lopes) had lost consciousness at the time but did not want to go out".

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