Cristiano had a magical night.


Ronaldo helped Juve into the last eight with a hat-trick on Tuesday night. (Image: ALESSANDRO DI MARCO/EPA-EFE/REX)

Lionel Messi heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus after the Serie A club beat Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.


The Portuguese star scored a hat-trick at the Turin as his goals helped his side overcome a two-goal deficit from the first-leg.


Barca forward Messi said Ronaldo’s "magical" Champions League hat-trick was really "impressive" and he was surprised with how Juventus ran over Atleti.


However, speaking after scoring a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 demolition of Lyon on Wednesday night, the Argentine told Mundo Deportivo: "The thing about Cristiano and Juventus yesterday was impressive, it was a big surprise, Juventus went over Atletico, I hoped they would have more strength.


"Juventus has a lot of potential and Cristiano had a magical night with his three goals."


Former Argentine captain, Diego Maradona has also hailed Ronaldo’s display against Atleti.

He said: “There are players who have been touched by a magic wand. We Argentines are proud that Lionel Messi is Argentinian.


"The other one is an animal. Ronaldo is pure power, and now he’s also a sorcerer. He said he’d score three goals and he scored three goals.”


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