Champions League star Cristiano Ronaldo delivered for Juventus following the multi-million euro investment on him with an incredible hat-trick that saved the club’s Champions League dream against Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo made light work of the much-vaunted Atletico defense, condemning the Spaniards, who had won the first leg 2-0, to the role of spectators in the Allianz Stadium.
The football star has been hailed in different languages, “A Legend continues,” headlined the daily ‘A Bola’ in Ronaldo’s native Portugal with the Italian press hailing the performance as “Monstrous”, “Fabulous,” “Martians”.
Beautiful record clinched, ”Two headers and a penalty four minutes from time clinched a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display and 3-2 aggregate victory.”
“This is why Juventus bought me, to help them in games like this,” said Ronaldo.
Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo for a whooping 100 million euros ($117 million) last summer and pay him a 31 million euros annual salary. Following the huge investment, Ronaldo is expected to help Juventus win the Champions League for the third time and first since last 1996.
Before the Tuesday’s game, Cristiano Ronaldo had scored only once in the Champions League this season, and a defeat would have been a failure after the heavy investment not only for the team but to the ace footballer.
”Clearly the five-time Champions League winner, four times with Real Madrid and once with Manchester United, had not come to Turin to be eliminated in the last 16. His four goals in the competition this season brings his record tally to 124 in 160 European matches, 16 more than Lionel Messi and six more than the entire Atletico team.”
Coach Massimiliano Allegri. “It’s impossible to think Cristiano would only score one goal in this Champions League.”
Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus has made them one of the most favourite in the Champions League game, which the Series A champions have lost five times in the final since their last 1996 win.
Ronaldo’s presence has brought Juventus a new focus hence they’re practically sure of eight consecutive Scudetto with 18 point advantage on their nearest contenders.
Captain Giorgio Chiellini said, “Our self-esteem has grown, Cristiano has given us that little bit extra.”
Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola is really scared of a Ronaldo-led Juventus.