Cristiano Ronaldo learns fate about impending UEFA Champions League ban

Barcelona's Lionel Messi centre is hugged by Jordi Alba after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16 2nd leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi centre is hugged by Jordi Alba after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16 2nd leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

The Portuguese superstar bagged an fantastic hat-trick to fire Juventus through to the last eight of the Champions League, just when they needed him most.

And Messi, who admitted Ronaldo had a "magical night", followed it up with two goals and two assists in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Lyon on Wednesday.

Ajax, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto, Tottenham Hotspur and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus squad also advanced to the quarterfinals.

Liverpool made sure their bid to return to the Champions League final in consecutive years remained intact as they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Evra initiated the conversation by begging Ronaldo to rescue his old side after their disappointing 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie. The first leg of the semifinals is April 30 and May 1.

All matches have a 4 p.m. (EDT) kickoff.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores their third goal
Lionel Messi equalled Xavi as Barcelona player with most wins for club

"With what happened [Tuesday] with Cristiano and Juventus was really impressive", Messi told FCBarcelona.com.

"This was why Juventus brought me here, to help do things that they have never done before", he said.

"There are several very good teams", Messi said.

The Spanish champions confirmed the news after undergoing tests with the news coming as another blow for a player who has had a stop-start Nou Camp career so far.

The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday's last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin. "Whoever we get, we take tricky".

The former England manager believes Ronaldo is "extraordinary" - but says Messi belongs in the shortlist of football geniuses.

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