Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night proved he is the champions league greatest of all time (GOAT). With his trebble to scure a sensational comeback against familiar foes, defeating Atletico Madrid 3-0 to qualify for the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
Before the game Juventus had a mountain to climb, after failling 2 goals behind in the first leg at spanish Capital. The Italian champions needed a miracle to overtone the 2 goals, but Ronaldo had the perfect solution to their problem.
During an interview before the game, Ronaldo was optimistic they can progress to the next round of the competition despite odds against them. In 2016 Ronaldo salvaged Real Madrid from 2 goals down against a German side VFL Wolvesburg in the first leg, he took it upon himself and scored a trebble that saw Madrid progress to the next stage.
Now in juventus a similar sinario occured, but Ronaldo as a god showed why Juventus layed out £294m/$383m in wages and transfer fee to sign the 34-year-old last summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo Stats in The Champions League
With his hat-trick , Ronaldo matched Messi’s record of most champions league hat-tricks eight. He is by some distant the competition top scorer with 124 goals. This means Ronaldo has score more goals in the champions league than Athlentico Madrid’s 114 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo, also has contributed to most number of goal in the champons league knockout stage 75 goals in 77 UCL knockout games (61 goals, 14 assists).
Ronaldo had endured an unproductive UCL campaign before Tuesday night, with just one goal in six appearances. But on Tuesday the UCL greatest of all-time (GOAT) was back with his scoring boots, as he solely dragged Juventus into the champions league last eight.
Juve will joines Porto, Manchester United, Tottenham, Ajax and, Manchester City who have all booked their places in the quarter-finals. The final two teams will be decided between Bayern and liverpool, Barcelona and Olympic Lyon with both games locked at 0-0 aggregate after the first leg.