And, speaking to reporters after his side's progression to the Champions League quarter finals with a 5-1 victory, as quoted by the Sun, he admitted: "In the last few weeks, months even, I've not been playing well".
It was old hat for both managers when they were asked about the exploits of Messi, who both had nothing but massive praise for Barca's No. 10.
He will also have to sit out the league games against Espanyol, Villarreal and, in all probability, Atletico Madrid's visit to Camp Nou on April 6.
Ronaldo used an obscene gesture, mimicking a similar one by Atletico coach Diego Simeone during the first leg, after the final whistle of the 3-0 win in Turin.
Ronaldo has now scored an incredible 124 Champions League goals in total and that figure looks set to keep rising as Juve progress. We enjoyed a magical night. But Messi, Dembele and Pique added more goals.
The 31-year-old put his side ahead with a flawless Panenka penalty within the first 20 minutes of the match.
Messi promised his fans he would do all he could to win another European Cup at the start of the season, while Ronaldo is surely eager to prove he was the reason Madrid won it for four of the past five years.
Only one team has managed to resist a Barcelona team with Messi playing, UDA Gramenet, who play in the Second Catalan Division.
Another match for Lionel MESSI and another great showing from the captain.
"Atletico were a hard team but we were strong too".