Barcelona star Lionel Messi talked about Ronaldo and Juventus’ exit from the Champions League after inflicting a 3-0 defeat on Manchester United.
Barcelona reached the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2015 as the side registered a 4-0 aggregate victory over Manchester United.
Lionel Messi scored a quick brace in the second leg, while Phil Coutinho killed the game with a perfect strike from outside the box.
Mistakes of Ashley Young and David De Gea cost Manchester United for the two quick-fire goals from Messi, after Rashford and McTominay missed significant chances to put the visitors in the lead.
Ajax, meanwhile, pulled out another stunning performance as the side defeated Juventus 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the Champions League. Lionel Messi reacted to their exit.
Messi on Ronaldo’s exit:
Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt were on target for Ajax as they registered a victory over the home side in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the game but couldn’t see his side through to the semifinals. This is the first time a Champions League final-four wouldn’t feature Ronaldo since 2010.
Lionel Messi, who shared one of the fiercest rivalries with Ronaldo during the latter’s time at Real Madrid, reacted to the forward’s exit from the competition. He stated that the dynamics of the Champions League are such that Juventus’ exit “tells you everything.”
“That tells you everything [about the competition],” said Messi.
“Any team is complicated, be it Liverpool or Porto [who Barcelona will face in the last four].
“There are those who deserve, the best, and everything is going to be complicated.”
Barcelona will either face Liverpool or Porto in the semifinal of the Champions League. Both the sides will clash later tonight, with Jurgen Klopp’s side leading 2-0 on the aggregate scoreline.
How Twitter reacted..
🗣 Cristiano Ronaldo: “How many players are capable of playing at the highest level for more than 10 years? Only two. Me and Messi.”
🗣 Lionel Messi: “The best 5 players in the world? Hazard, Neymar, Suárez, Mbappé, Agüero. I exclude Ronaldo alongside myself in this list.” pic.twitter.com/2yYUkVYPoW
— RMadridBabe (@RMadridBabe) April 16, 2019
8.16pm – Messi scores
8.20pm – Messi scores again
8.28pm – Ronaldo scores
This era ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wUZh6nK7hL
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 16, 2019
4️⃣5️⃣ Hat-tricks pic.twitter.com/FXhYK3Ft10
— Issam Chaouali (@Chaouali1970) April 16, 2019
Barcelona returns to action later this week when they take on Real Sociedad in the La Liga.