Cristiano Ronaldo saw his hopes of winning the Champions League in his first season at Juventus ended by a brilliant Ajax side on Tuesday night.
The two teams went into last night’s match with the scores tied at 1-1 after Ronaldo had seen his goal canceled out by David Neres in the first leg.
Juventus were expected to progress to the last four, particularly when their No 7 scored early on against Ajax last night.
However, the Eredivisie outfit had other ideas and progressed courtesy of goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt.
Elsewhere on Champions League night, Messi was on song as Barcelona cruised past Manchester United at the Nou Camp.
The Argentina international scored a brace – with Philippe Coutinho hitting another – to dump Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side out of the competition.
Messi was asked about Ronaldo’s exit at the end of the game and believes Juventus’ defeat should serve as a warning to any sides in the semis.
“That tells you everything,” he said when quizzed on the result.
“Any team is complicated, be it Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve, the best, and everything is going to be complicated.”
Meanwhile, speaking after the game, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted his side could not be dependant on Ronaldo.
The 34-year-old scored in both legs of the Ajax tie but it still was not enough.
And Allegri said: “No, absolutely not.
“Ronaldo has given us a lot over the course of the campaign, but when you reach the quarter-final, you need every player.
“I’ve always said that to win the Champions League, you need to reach a certain stage in good form and with good fitness levels.
“We’ve been in a bit of an emergency situation for a while and that can only be sustained for so long.
“We were missing four or five players tonight.
“Daniele Rugani and Leonardo Bonucci had good games for 50 minutes or so, but we lost our unity and organisation, giving Ajax the advantage.”