Messi stars as Barca reach Champions League quarters

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Barcelona Hammer Lyon 5–1 Enters Quarter-Final

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Barcelona Hammer Lyon 5–1 Enters Quarter-Final

Messi responded to his old rival's heroics against Atletico Madrid with an excellent performance of his own for Barcelona, scoring twice as they joined Juventus in the quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Lyon at the Nou Camp.

The Portuguese is the competition's top scorer with 124 goals in 160 games, putting him comfortably ahead of Messi, who has now netted 108 goals - albeit in just 131 appearances.

Spaniard Gerard Pique turned home Messi's cross on 81 minutes to make it 4-1 on the night as the home side began to run riot.

"It was a Champions League game and in these type of clashes it's normal that we have moments of tension and pressure because they're usually very tight games", said the Barca coach. Incredibly, he has scored 63 goals in 77 Champions League knockout games compared to Messi's total of 42 goals in 64.

Argentina great Diego Maradona has indicated that Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has moved on par with Barcelona legend Lionel Messi on his favourites' list! "In the second half, Lyon risked more, they pressed us up top, but our lads up top solved the game".

"In the Champions League you can not relax because 2-0 was not a definitive result".

Despite Lyon's attempted fightback, Barcelona booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 12th year in a row.

"It is impossible to look only at one team", Valverde said of the draw.