CR7: Champions League king Ronaldo delivers for Juventus

CR7: Champions League king Ronaldo delivers for Juventus

"Ronaldo? He's fantastic", Cancelo said.

Atletico, who had not conceded a goal in their previous four Champions League games, packed their defence believing they could shut Ronaldo out again.

It was Ronaldo's eighth hat trick in the Champions League, tying him with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

No matter the circumstances and no matter the players, Simeone's teams will always have a defensive-minded footprint.

"This was why Juventus brought me here, to help do things that they have never done before", said Ronaldo.

The Italian giants were 2-0 down heading into the second leg of their round of 16 tie against Atletico on Tuesday, leaving them with the hard task of mounting a big comeback. "All the boys showed their maturity, putting in a great performance".

"I wanted to us play like that also in the first leg, but then I changed something and it did not go the right way".

Atletico were made to pay soon after the restart as Juventus and Ronaldo netted their second of the evening, with the forward's towering header going inches over the line despite the best efforts of Oblak.

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After scoring the decisive penalty four minutes from time, Ronaldo turned towards the Atletico fans and replicated Simeone's gesture after the Spaniards' 2-0 first leg win by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin.

"It was a superb match tonight, with a wonderful public".

The Portugal global was signed by Juve for £100million last summer and a serious tilt at the Champions League was part of the reason that he moved to the club.

But a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review confirmed Ronaldo fouled goalkeeper Jan Oblak in a scramble in front of goal before defender Chiellini had finished off.

However, Atletico wasted a glorious opportunity to leave Juventus requiring three second-half goals as Alvaro Morata sent a header over the crossbar from no more than 10 yards out.

Atleti did an admirable job of keeping their shape, yet the pressure continued to build and the breakthrough came in the 27th minute, when Ronaldo got his head to Federico Bernardeschi's cross and beat Oblak to cut the visitors' edge in half.

Ronaldo is pure power, and now he's also a sorcerer. "We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarterfinals", said Simeone.

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