Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved himself to be one of the most superior figures in modern-day football, by virtue of his brilliant hattrick against Atletico Madrid yesterday.
Thanks to his three goals which were scored in the second-leg of the round-of-16, Juventus advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on an aggregate score of 3-2, after Atletico won 2-0 in the first-leg.
Apart from the shock of elimination, Atletico’s fans also had to witness Ronaldo imitate Diego Simeone’s infamous ‘cojones’ celebration at the end of full-time at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
The Portuguese talisman who already had a good goal-scoring record against his former local-rivals prior to the game, netted in the 27th, 49th and 86th minute to hand the win to the Bianconeris. With the hattrick, he raised his Champions League goals’ tally this season to 4 goals.
Ronaldo’s celebration came after his third goal which was a well-taken penalty. As he ran to the the sidelines and made his celebration, it was undertood that it was a direct reference to what Atletico’s boss Diego Simeone did after the first-leg game that they won a month ago.
The “reply celebration” did no unnoticed by the Argentine, reasoning that he understood the passion Ronaldo may have felt.
Speaking to Sky Italia, he said, “Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights. He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character.”
Back in February, Simeone was charged by UEFA for his “display of passion” and fined £17,000 for the same. Hence, it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will face any similar action.