​Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has claimed Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo put in an 'incredible' performance, during the side's 3-0 (3-2 agg.) Champions League win over Atlético Madrid on Tuesday.

The Portuguese sensation helped his side wrestle back the tie after losing the first leg 2-0 in Madrid, and he scored a stunning hat-trick to ensure his side progressed to the quarter-finals. The former Real Madrid man has been in typically potent form since joining Juve last summer, and has netted 24 goals in 36 matches for the Serie A giants.

Discussing ​Ronaldo's tie-changing performance against ​Los Colchoneros, via the Daily Mail​Messi said: "I thought that what happened with Cristiano and ​Juventus was incredible. I thought maybe Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus overwhelmed them and Cristiano had a magical night with the three goals."

With both Juventus and ​Barcelona now into the next round, there's every chance that the two sides could be drawn against one another in the quarter-final. This would set up a mouthwatering 'Ronaldo vs. Messi' clash - something which has been sorely missing from ​La Liga since the former made his big-money move to ​Serie A in 2018.


On the domestic front, both side's look likely to clinch their respective league titles this season; Juventus are 18 points clear and unbeaten in the Italian top tier, while Barcelona have a slightly more modest seven point lead in La Liga, with Atléti looking to close the gap on Ernesto Valverde's side in the coming weeks.

In other news, ​Messi helped his side storm past Lyon into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday evening, as he bagged two goals and two assists against the Ligue 1 side. The Argentine ace was is mesmeric form, and opened the scoring with an audacious, 'panenka' style penalty which left Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes crestfallen.