Lionel Messi hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘magical night’

Lionel Messi hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘magical night’

Lionel Messi hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick performance against Atletico Madrid as "magical" following his own dazzling display for Barcelona in the Champions League. MESSI copied his good friend Sergio AGUERO for his first goal.

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He combined fluidly with strike partner Luis Suarez and almost put the game to bed at the start of the second half when he beat Lyon substitute keeper Mathieu Gorgelin but saw his shot cleared off the goalline.

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.

"We suffered a little bit at 2-1 and, to be honest, it wasn't necessary", he said.

"We always knew it would be like this".

"Luckily we then got the third goal".

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Ronaldo's treble against Atletico extended his record as the Champions League's all-time top scorer with 124 strikes in 160 games.

He continued to torment the visitors, gifting defender Pique a sliding tap-in with a attractive pass and then setting up substitute Dembele.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk then turned the tie completely in his side's favour when he rose above everyone else in the penalty area and headed in James Milner's corner kick to score his first ever Champions League goal.

"We don't want to choose one [side] because they're all really tough", Messi said.

His return means Memphis Depay can either be played out wide or as a centre-forward which suits him better than the central attacking midfield role as he can roam and make intelligent runs in behind.

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

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