Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore

Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore

Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore

The 34-year-old Portuguese superstar scored two headers and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday's last-eight draw with a dominant display and 3-2 aggregate victory by the Italian champions in Turin.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights", added the Argentinian coach. The former Real Madrid star tallied the decisive goal from a penalty shot with four minutes remaining in the match to seal Juventus' 3-2 aggregate win.

"This is the mentality you need to win in the Champions League".

With Federico Bernardeschi pumping crosses into the area, Atletico were never able cope with Ronaldo's aerial threat.

Juventus thought they had taken the lead less than three minutes into the game but VAR confirmed that Ronaldo had fouled Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak before Giorgio Chiellini fired in the rebound.

"I think we gave a wonderful evening of football to all those passionate about the sport in Italy".

"It was always going to be a special night and it was, not only for the goals, but for the team", said Ronaldo. The Italian title-holders have not won the Champions League since 1996, and have finished runners-up twice in the past four seasons.

Real Madrid, the three-time holders, showed they were sorely missing his presence when they were eliminated by Ajax Amsterdam, one of Juventus's possible quarter-final opponents.

Diego Simeone's Atletico were a shadow of the team who had run riot in the first leg in Madrid, and crashed out of the tournament they had been hoping to win in their own Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.

Ronaldo have now joins Barcelona's Lionel Messi with the most Champions League hat-tricks, on eight. An away goal by the Spanish club would have made it much harder for Juventus to overcome the first-leg deficit.

Massimiliano Allegri's side, unbeaten in their domestic league this season, are now 18 points clear at the top of the table.

"It was a superb match tonight, with a wonderful public". He now has the Champions League records for the most goals, most assists, most penalties, most free-kicks an the most goals in the knockout rounds.

"It's a great night for the Juventus family and we responded on the field", Bonucci said.

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