Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick, Single-Handledly Sends Juventus Past Atletico Madrid

Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Matuidi at the end of the Champions League round of 16 in Turin

The entire Juventus Stadium erupted when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

It was a quintessential Ronaldo performance, one that encapsulates why he continues to stay afloat at the very peak of the summit of the game, even as Lionel Messi persists in making the world swoon and Kylian Mbappe threatens to throw his exhausted, ageing body down the mountain.

Skipper Diego Godin who scored in the first leg is also a major doubt for this encounter in Turin.

The Portugal worldwide forward's goals took the Bianconeri into the quarterfinals and kept him in the hunt for a sixth Champions League title - a fourth in a row - and he reflected on a "magic" night.

With the former Real Madrid forward's treble on Tueday, he has now scored 25 goals against Atletico in his career, denying his old club's city rival the chance to play in this season's final at its Wanda Metropolitano home.

After the February 20 win over Juventus, he explained unapologetically to reporters the next day about the gesture that "It means we have balls, a lot of balls. I did it [when I was a player] in a Lazio vs. Bologna game". "This is the mentality you need to win in the Champions League".

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"Atletico haven't conceded in five games, so that bodes well, it makes us very confident", joked Allegri.

This has been his lowest goal return in this competition since 2005-06, where he was establishing himself in the Manchester United first team.

"Spinazzola hasn't played yet in the Champions League, but in these situations it can help to have someone who bring freshness".

"They will certainly attack in every possible way, we're ready to do battle".

"As I said, these are two strong teams, one will go through and the other won't. This is the right mentality to play in the Champions League, so we must be proud". Let us know in the comments section below.

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