Cristiano Ronaldo converted two spot-kicks and then a goal from Weston Mckennie ensured that Juventus triumph over Barcelona in the Champions League.
The last time Messi and Ronaldo met in the European campaign was in 2009 when the Argentine got the better of the Portuguese.
However, the reverse was the case last night as Messi’s 11 shots, including seven on target— the most a player has had in a single Champions League since 2004/05 was denied by Buffon.
Ronaldo, who shared a brief embrace with Messi before the clash, said there was no rivalry between the two all-time greats.
“I have always had a very cordial relationship with him,” the Juve star told Movistar.
“I shared 12, 13 or 14 years of award ceremonies with him. I never saw him as a rival.
“He always tries to do what is best for his team and me too. I always got along very well with him.
“But we know that in football, for the press, for the show, a rivalry is sought, but I have always gotten along well with him. I see him as always.”
“Barcelona are going through a difficult time, but it is still Barcelona,” Ronaldo said.
“The truth is that we are very happy, we knew it was an almost impossible mission, it was a complicated mission and we played well.
“The key was to get into the game well, we scored two early and from there we believed it was possible.”