Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo: This is why Juventus bought me

Ruben Holloway
March 13, 2019

"We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals".

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Ronaldo is now bidding to win his sixth Champions League title that would lift him above all other players since the competition changed from the old European Cup format.

"This is why Juve signed me, to help on magic nights like this".

"This had to be a great night and it was one, not just for my goals but for the team", he told Sky Sport Italia. We enjoyed a magical night. "We will see what will happen".

"He is a living football god, it is ridiculous what he is doing", Ferdinand said. Atletico Madrid have a very strong defence with the likes of Godin in the team.

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After the February 20 win over Juventus, he explained unapologetically to reporters the next day about the gesture that "It means we have balls, a lot of balls".

And his in-game stats are pretty impressive, too, including the most important stat of all: three shots on target, three goals.

The top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons, he has however scored just once in this year's competition, delivering a performance far below expectations in Madrid. In that time he was rested for 10 La Liga matches, missing another 10 through injury or suspension.

"I'm convinced at 200 per cent that Cristiano will play as Cristiano", said captain Giorgio Chiellini, who will play his 500th match for the club. He's the joint-hat-trick man with Messi.

Ronaldo, jeered almost every time he touched the ball, had a quiet performance in his first match in the Spanish capital since leaving Real Madrid last summer. Of the 26 league matches - including one substitute appearance - he has played 90 minutes in 23.

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A VAR review denied Juve a fourth-minute opener, but Ronaldo's first header of the game gave the side hope and the Serie A leader drew level in the tie thanks to the Portugal superstar's aerial power again. Ronaldo sent Oblak the wrong way, completing his hat-trick to the delight of a frenzied crowd at Juventus Stadium. It was completely different from the first leg, when I made us play.

Ronaldo's next Champions League game produced another hat-trick, his seventh in the tournament.

What looked like a done and dusted contest from the first leg to Atletico, now became a fight to finish for the Old Lady.

"It would have been odd for Ronaldo to finish the Champions League with just one goal", said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season.

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