SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (MARCH 13, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "Leo (Messi) had an incredible match, there's no way he can be better in many facets of the game: scoring, defending, assisting, ordering in the game, that's all he gives to us and although we are used to him he surprises us every day." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "Facing any team will be a special match.
Of course Juve had a great match yesterday because you need to have a great match to score three goals against Atletico, we'll see what the draw gives us but Messi had an extraordinary match today." STORY: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was doused with praise by his coach Ernesto Valverde after a headline performance in his side's 5-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday (March 13) to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Messi opened the scoring at the Nou Camp with an audacious chipped penalty and then restored control in the tie after Lyon had pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, hitting a decisive third goal after a trademark dazzling run to shake off four defenders.
The Argentine, who at the start of the season promised to "do everything to bring that beautiful trophy back to the Nou Camp" tore his way through Lyon's backline on two more occasions to tee up further goals for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.
Messi had seen his record of eight hat-tricks in the Champions League equalled by Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus' 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (March 12).
The five-times world player of the year has not hoisted the Champions League trophy since 2015, while Ronaldo has won it four times in the last five seasons with Real and has staked his claim to win it again with Juventus.