Follow The Sportsman on Facebook
Football  /
Stats Powered By

Pressure On Lionel Messi To Perform For Barcelona After Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick Sends Juventus Through

Will Messi pull his side through?
Will Messi pull his side through?

Like it or not, comparisons will always be made between two of the greatest footballers of all-time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Portuguese superstar bagged an amazing hat-trick to fire Juventus through to the last eight of the Champions League, just when they needed him most.

Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, Ronaldo scored two towering headers before converting a penalty to keep Juve’s hopes of winning the European trophy alive, exactly why the signed him in the first place. Now, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi tonight to see if he can do something equally as mesmerising against Lyon in the last 16.

Ronaldo has now scored an incredible 124 Champions League goals in total and that figure looks set to keep rising as Juve progress. Messi, is now eighteen goals behind his biggest rival, but he does have the advantage when it comes to this season’s tournament.

The little Argentine has already hit six goals this campaign at a stunning rate of one every 65 minutes in Europe. He is currently two goals behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and level with former Southampton man Dusan Tadic and Moussa Marega of Porto. A couple of goals tonight would put him well in contention to win the Golden Boot, although it will be silly to rule out Cristiano Ronaldo, who turns things on in the knockout stages and is currently on four goals.

Barcelona fans will not want to admit it, but Cristiano Ronaldo stole the limelight last night. It is up to their little genius to make sure they make it through and show everyone who really is the best player in the world.

Register with The Sportsman to personalise your news feed with your favourite sports and team.
Latest Football Articles
Bet Slip
Log In
Quick Deposit
Deposit Funds
Change Payment Method
Bet Placed
Retain Selections
Clear Slip
Free Bets
Bet Slip 0
| Join Now
Balance: £0.00
Log Out
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Remove All
Click a price to add a selection
To view multiples
Multiple options are restricted for the highlighted selections
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Accept Changes
Total Stake:
£ 0.00

Estimated Returns:
£ 0.00
£ Place Bet
Bet on Bet365 website
New To Bet365?
Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's rules
and terms and conditions. Hillside (UK Sports) LP is licensed
and regulated by the British Gambling Commissioner
(Licence number 39563). Registered Office Hillside (UK Sports) LP
(registration number 117), Unit 1.1, First Floor, Waterport Place,
2 Europort Avenue, Gibraltar.
BET365 ACCOUNT? New Customer Offer
The Sportsman is an officially endorsed bet365 betting partner. All bets are placed securely via our API link-up with bet365 and no data or transactional information is sahred with or accessible by the sportsman.com. Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's Rules and Terms and Conditions.