Cristiano Ronaldo told friends and family 'he will score a hat-trick' against Atletico Madrid


Juventus face an uphill task of turning around their Champions League last-16 tie tonight. 

They trail Atletico Madrid 2-0 on aggregate after first leg goals from José Giménez and Diego Godín put the Spanish side in prime position to advance to the quarter-finals.

But this is the Champions League and anything can happen in Europe's elite competition. 

Juve will be hoping to pull off a famous comeback, similar to what Ajax and Manchester United achieved last week. 

To do so, they will need star man Cristiano Ronaldo on top form - and judging by the comments he's made pre-match, he could well inspire his team to victory. 

Marca are reporting that Ronaldo has repeatedly told close friends and family that he believes 'Juventus will progress and that he'll score a hat-trick'.

That's a pretty massive claim to make, but the forward has reasons to be confident in himself.

Ronaldo's record against Atletico is impressive to say the least. He's very familiar with Wednesday's opponents, having played them a total of 31 times while at Real Madrid and Juve. 


In those matches, he scored 22 goals - only netting more goals against Sevilla and Getafe during his time in Spain. 

The Portuguese has also scored two hat-tricks against Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak before. 

Those stats certainly aren't bad at all and should fill him with confidence ahead of kick-off - not that he needs it. 

There's also another factor spurring Ronaldo on tonight.

He was relentlessly booed and jeered during the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano, so would love nothing more than to knock Los Rojiblancos out of the competition once again.

Not many players would have the confidence to predict they will net a hat-trick pre-match but Ronaldo really is one of the greatest of all time, so it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him do it.

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