With Cristiano Ronaldo failing to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed his thoughts on the Portuguese and his Italian club's elimination from the 2018/19 competition.
Despite grabbing his 126th Champions League goal at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night, Ronaldo was helpless against a determined Ajax Amsterdam side that produced a fine second-half performance to run out 2-1 victors on the night and 3-2 winners on aggregate.
In doing so, the Eredivisie outfit made history by becoming the first team ever to advance to the semi-finals of the UCL after having gone through three rounds of qualification for Europe's biggest club competition, according to Fox Sports Asia.
The Italian giants, whose purchase of Ronaldo was deemed the final piece of the puzzle in their pursuit of Champions League glory, will have to continue their wait for the elusive UCL title they last lifted in 1996.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo's arch-rival Messi was at his devastating best as Barcelona made light work of Manchester United in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Camp Nou.
The Argentine is the leading goalscorer in the current UCL campaign, with 10 goals in eight games.
Messi, who was informed of Juventus' elimination in the wake of his side's 3-0 victory over United, revealed that he was not too surprised by the outcome.
"That tells you everything, any team is complicated, be it Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve, the best, and everything is going to be complicated," he said, according to the Daily Star.
With Barcelona still on course for a treble having secured their progression to the semi-finals, Messi was also asked about the possibility of winning a third treble with the Blaugrana, but the 31-year-old refused to get carried away.
"We took a step more, now we have to think about La Liga and be champions as soon as possible, then we will prepare the games that follow as they should," he added.
Messi has made 42 appearances across all competitions for Barca so far this season, finding the back of the net on 45 occasions and registering a further 21 assists.
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