Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus were sent crashing out on Tuesday night after Dutch giants Ajax produced a wonderful second half display to win 2-1 in Turin, going through 3-2 on aggregate.
While the Portuguese netted in both legs of the tie, he was unable to prevent the Italian champions from exiting early once again and prolonging their Champions League agony.
The Old Lady have now not won the competition since they toppled Ajax in Rome in 1996.
The Argentina superstar bagged twice in the first half to settle the tie after they had already won the first leg in Manchester 1-0.
Messi and Ronaldo are still by far the two best players in the world and with five Ballon d’Or wins apiece, are both in the conversion to be considered the greatest of all time.
Speaking about Ronaldo’s exit from the Champions League for the first time in four years, Messi insisted that the teams at this stage of the competition are “complicated” to play against.
When he was told that Juventus had been knocked out, Messi replied: “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.”
Messi’s reaction came as:
“That tells you everything, any team is complicated”
Ronaldo was bidding to win his fourth consecutive Champions League title after he had won the previous three with former club Real Madrid.
Indeed, Los Blancos have actually won four out of the last five Champions League trophies, but it was not meant to be for Ronaldo this year.
Messi and Barcelona though are still on for another Treble after seemingly having already sewn up the La Liga title and with a Copa del Rey final against Valencia to play.
Next up in the Champions League they will take on the winners of Liverpool and Porto who play their second leg tomorrow.
Jurgen Klopp’s team will take a two-goal lead to Portugal and will be feeling confident of setting up the blockbuster clash with the Spanish champions.
Asked about Barcelona’s chances of winning the Treble, Messi was in no mood to get too 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.
Another Champions League win for Messi would be his fifth with the Catalans, which would put him level with Cristiano Ronaldo.