Messi hails Ronaldo's 'magical' night for Juventus after Barcelona win


Lionel Messi celebrating a goal for FC Barcelona.

Interestingly, Messi is in fact ahead of Ronaldo in terms of minutes per goal in the Champions League, averaging a goal every 100 minutes compared to Ronaldo's 112 minutes, but when it comes to the crunch, Ronaldo's record is unrivalled.

@dro_ne added: "Ahh! Messi defending at right back".

Barca put five goals past Lyon but it was not all smooth sailing for the LaLiga champions, who led 2-0 after 31 minutes thanks to Messi and Philippe Coutinho, only for Lucas Tousart to pull a goal back when the game was approaching the hour-mark.

Messi bagged a brace, including a cheeky panenka penalty, and two assists as he bossed the game in typical fashion. Referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot and Messi then coolly converted after the incident was checked by VAR.

The first clip shows him darting out to the right wing to prevent an attack before the ball ricochets off him and almost into the path of Luis Suarez.

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On the penalty, which Suarez won following a foul by Jason Denayer, the Uruguayan admitted: "I stepped on him without meaning to and I think after that he destabilised me". Instead, he just followed the ball and let it run through Marcelo's legs, at which point - we can safely assume - his soul went somewhere, anywhere, but not his body.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio added: "Tonight Messi was in Champions League mode".

"In the second half, we had a better time".

"Unfortunately, Barca scored their third goal at that moment".

"When Messi is at such a level, he is nearly unstoppable".

Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was hurt in a collision with Coutinho while the score was 1-0 and received lengthy treatment before continuing, only to then be substituted for Mathieu Gorgelin shortly after the Brazilian made it 2-0. "Finally, the doctor asked me to take him out so as not to take any chances".