Champions League: Barcelona, Liverpool zoom into quarter final

Champions League: Barcelona, Liverpool zoom into quarter final

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

Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored two goals and added two assists to lead his side through to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over Lyon on Wednesday.

According to him, his rival had a "magical night" in the Champions League.

"Cristiano and Juventus were awesome".

"It was a surprise, I thought Atletico would be stronger".

Douglas Costa admits he had doubts about Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on the Juventus dressing room but that the No 7 "won everyone over very quickly".

"Ronaldo has made himself a champion, but not a genius".

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Cristiano Ronaldo was snubbed by former England manager Fabio Capello who believes Lionel Messi, Pele, and Diego Maradona are the only three football geniuses in the world.

Intriguingly, that means the possibility of a final between two players, Messi, 31, and Ronaldo, 34, who have defined their generation.

"It could go in the future and the idea had actually matured, only to remain a dream, given the alluring European alternatives, on which Ronaldo could still count".

Bayern then drew level after Joel Matip inadvertently poked the ball into his own goal in an attempt to prevent the deadly Robert Lewandowski from getting a clear goalscoring opportunity.

"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.

Messi's latest double takes his overall record for the season across all competitions to 36 goals in 35 appearances for Barca.

City demolished Schalke 04 in a 10-2 aggregate victory over two legs, while neighbours United overturned the odds to fight back from a 2-0 first-leg home defeat against Paris Saint-Germain with a stunning 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes.

The quarterfinal draw is on Friday. They met again in 2011 semifinals, when Messi scored twice to help Barcelona eliminate Real Madrid.

With Manchester United and City as well as Tottenham also qualifying, this will be the first time since the 2008-09 campaign that four English teams will be pulling through.

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