2 goals, 2 assists, and a defender on the floor: How Messi one-upped Ronaldo during an elite week of Champions League soccer

Lionel Messi reminded world soccer who was boss on Wednesday. The FC Barcelona forward scored two goals, created two, and showed off skill so good that it left one Olympique Lyonnais defender on the floor. Barça beat Lyon 5-1 at Camp Nou and booked its place in Friday’s quarter-final draw, just one day after Cristiano Ronaldo attracted headlines for Tuesday’s heroics against Atletico Madrid. For Ronaldo, it was his first excellent game of the European season. But for Messi it was just one of many incredible performances — and that is the difference between the two greats in 2019.

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