Champions League Team of the Last 16: Messi, Ronaldo and Mane star

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After a succession of incredibly dramatic matches, Goal picks out its top performers from this season's round of 16

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    Hugo Lloris | Tottenham

    The Frenchman was the only goalkeeper in the entire competition to keep two clean sheets in the Champions League last 16, shutting out Borussia Dortmund's dangerous attack as Tottenham advanced to the quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate.
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    Gerard Pique | Barcelona

    Barcelona's defensive talisman proved his worth at both ends of the pitch as the Catalans swept to a 5-1 aggregate victory over Lyon

    Not only did Pique help restrict OL to just a single goal over 180 minutes, he also popped up to score Barca's fourth of the second leg by latching on to Lionel Messi's pass at the far post.

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    Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool

    The Netherlands international has been immense for Liverpool since joining from Southampton last year and he once again made the difference against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

    After missing the first leg at Anfield through suspension, Van Dijk returned to devastating effect. Not only did the Dutch defender net a towering and crucially timed header in a fine 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena, he also marked Robert Lewandowski out of the game.

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    Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham

    Vertonghen put in two impeccable defensive displays for Spurs as they saw off the challenge of Dortmund with ease. 

    The Belgian additionally contributed a goal and an assist in the first leg, showing off the full range of his abilities.

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    Federico Bernardeschi | Juventus

    Bernardeschi played just 10 minutes of Juventus' 2-0 first-leg defeat at the hands of Atletico but he was surprisingly selected to start for the second leg in place of Paulo Dybala and vindicated Massimiliano Allegri's decision with a stunning performance in Turin.

    The winger gave Juanfran a torrid evening and as well as supplying an inch-perfect cross for Cristiano Ronaldo to set the Bianconeri on their way to a remarkable 3-0 win, he also drew the foul from Angel Correa that allowed the Portuguese to seal the comeback from the penalty spot.

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    Ilkay Gundogan | Manchester City

    He may not catch the eye as often as some of City's attacking stars but Ilkay Gundogan was the rock upon which their crushing Champions League victory over Schalke was built. 

    The midfielder racked up more than 100 passes during his team's 7-0 thrashing of the German side on Tuesday night, a masterful display which showed just why Pep Guardiola is so desperate for the German to extend his contract at the Etihad.

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    Dusan Tadic | Ajax

    The ex-Southampton man put in arguably the most impressive individual performance of the entire last-16 – at least until Messi and Ronaldo took centre-stage this week – to engineer an incredible upset. 

    Tadic scored once and assisted another two as Real Madrid were put to the sword in a 4-1 defeat at the Bernabeu. Ajax's side was full of heroes, but none stood out quite like their brilliant playmaker.

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    Sadio Mane | Liverpool

    On a famous night in Munich, Mane cemented his hero status with the Liverpool faithful by bagging two goals and ending Bayern's interest in the Champions League

    The Senegal forward opened the scoring for his side early on with an audacious chipped finish after completely bamboozling Manuel Neuer with a sensational first touch, and then killed the game, and indeed the tie, with a late header.

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    Romelu Lukaku | Manchester United

    Often written off as a flat-track bully who shies away from the big occasions, Lukaku took delight in shoving those criticisms back in the doubters' faces. 

    The Belgium international hit two smash-and-grab efforts in Parc des Princes as Manchester United became the first side ever to progress in a Champions League knockout tie after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg.

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    Lionel Messi | Barcelona

    For any other player a performance like the one which ended Lyon's Champions League dreams would be career-defining. For Messi, it was almost just another day at the office. 

    The wizardly Argentine began the night with a panenka penalty (he had also played the pass which released Luis Suarez and forced the foul) and followed that up with Barca's crucial third goal (leaving two defenders on their backsides in the process) when the French side were threatening a comeback. 

    He also set up two more strikes to bring his Champions League tally to eight goals and three assists this season – no mean feat for a player who has only started five of Barca's games.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus

    Ronaldo may have endured a slow start to his Juve Champions League career, but he proved on Tuesday that he remains the king of the continental competition. 

    Atletico Madrid had no answer to a stunning hat-trick from their old foe, who engineered his club's 3-2 comeback victory to advance to the quarters. Hungry for a fourth straight winners' medal, the rest of the Champions League should be afraid, very afraid.