We all knew that Ronaldo and Messi are the two best players on the planet. However, I was skeptical about how much the presence of one player could mean to a team regardless of how good he is.
I always thought to myself that yeah Ronaldo and Messi are irreplaceable, but how much of a difference can they make if they are playing on a side who is simply not good enough to win a trophy or too good not to win one?
Well this year, I have to take a bow. It's not just the hattrick that, to an extent, single-handedly takes Juventus to the next phase, but also the situation at RM after he left. On one side you have the team he just won three consecutive CLs with being effectively out of contention in all of the competitions they took part in this year and on the other, he just scored the three necessary goals to take his team to the next phase.