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

15 March 2019
'King Leo' - Fans react to Lionel Messi's heroic performance

Having picked up a 0-0 draw in France in the first leg of their Champions League tie against Lyon, Barcelona won 5-1 at the Camp Nou.

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 has now scored an incredible 124 Champions League goals in total and that figure looks set to keep rising as Juve progress.

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

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

"I think he had a great game".

Coutinho's barren run saw him jeered by some supporters during Saturday's win against Rayo Vallecano but he was given a more positive reception when he was replaced by Dembele in the second half against Lyon. Messi has beaten them more than any other side: 28 times to be precise.

"We did everything we could to stop (Messi), but when he is playing like this he is one of the best players of all time", Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. "He put the team on his shoulders".

"It was a Champions League match and in this type of game, it is normal that we have moments of tension and pressure because they tend to be very fair results".

It was Dembele's third goal in the competition after also netting against PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham in the group stages and taking his total for the season to 14 in all competitions. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.

The 31-year-old put his side ahead with a flawless Panenka penalty within the first 20 minutes of the match.

Barca were dominant from the start, as Anthony Lopes leaped across goal to plug out Lionel Messi's curling effort on five minutes.

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

Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone. "[Manchester] City, Juventus, Ajax, who have a great team of kids and don't fear anything, Liverpool, who've shown they pack a punch". Liverpool eliminated Bundesliga power Bayern Munich 3-1 to make the final cut.

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