Cristiano Ronaldo was motivating Juventus players before the second half vs Atletico Madrid


Just like he did at Real Madrid on so many occasions, Cristiano Ronaldo carried Juventus through to the next stage of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Juve had a mountain to climb after losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the last 16, but when you have Ronaldo in your team, anything is possible.

A stunning hat-trick from the Portuguese superstar made it 3-2 on aggregate to achieve an unlikely comeback.

Atletico were utterly dominant at the Juventus Stadium and it didn't take long for Ronaldo to make his mark on the game.

In the 29th minute, he rose above Juanfran at the back post to power a header past Jan Oblak from Federico Bernardeschi's deep cross.

Ronaldo then made it 2-0 with another header - this time from Joao Cancelo's cross down the right - which required VAR to confirm the ball crossed the line.

And in the 86th minute, the 34-year-old scored a penalty to complete his hat-trick, put Juventus ahead on aggregate and eventually secure their place in the quarter-finals.

Ronaldo never fails to deliver in these kind of high-pressure games and that's exactly why Juventus paid £100m to sign him last summer.

He's already become a leader for the Old Lady and at half-time against Atletico, he was captured motivating his teammates in the tunnel before the second half started.

Ronaldo wanted his teammates to keep up the pressure on Atletico in the second 45 minutes and that's exactly what he got from them.

Juventus didn't give their opponents a second to breathe and in the end the pressure told as Ronaldo scored a second and third goal.

Manager Massimiliano Allegri hailed all of his players after the game - not just Ronaldo - and described the victory as a "wonderful evening of football".


"We weren't perfect, but we did do well to remain concentrated," the Italian said. "We did very well and the team deserve congratulations.

"There was the risk of taking a hysterical approach to the game, as the idea of the comeback had been talked about so much, but we had 95 minutes to get the job done.

"It would've been really strange for Ronaldo to end his Champions League season with only one goal. He did well.

"The lads all contributed, including the fans providing a marvellous backdrop for the match. I think we gave a wonderful evening of football to all those passionate about the sport in Italy."

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