However, the 21-year-old had been a key player in recent months and came off the bench to score Barcelona's final goal in their 5-1 Champions League win over Lyon on Wednesday night.
"Cristiano and Juventus were awesome". "It was a big [shock] for me because I thought Atletico was going to be stronger".
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has blasted VAR by insisting the technology was not used successfully in their Champions League defeat at Barcelona. Ronaldo is pure power and is now also a sorcerer: "he said that he'd score three goals and he scored three goals". "The expected time out is between three and four weeks", the LaLiga leaders said in a statement on Thursday.
"There are players who are touched by the magic wand".
The semifinal draw follows the quarterfinal draw, meaning teams will know their path to the final.
He then got some help from a team-mate after the intermission when a chip shot by the Argentine superstar went over the keeper's head before being cleared away on the goal line by defender Fernando Marcal.
With 36 goals to his name already this season, Messi will be confident of halting United's progress in this year's competition. Barca is in first place in La Liga, into the Copa del Rey final and is gelling in the final third.
"They'll be two attractive games, we'll have to be very careful, and treat them like we did Atletico".
While Madrid suffered a shock last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax, the Juve striker hit a sublime hat-trick to overturn a first-leg deficit and knock out Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate. Messi has won it four times, Ronaldo five.
Lyon started to push forward in numbers as they had little to lose at this point, but this left opportunities for Barcelona to exploit.
His agent Jorge Mendes labelled him as an "alien" following his dazzling display on Tuesday night, insisting he is the greatest player in history. "We must wait calmly to see who we will play and prepare for the hardest thing that is coming now".