Cristiano Ronaldo once again reminded the world why he is one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game of football, as he led Juventus through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Having suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the first leg, Juve needed an absolute miracle to turn the tie around. To the Old Lady’s rescue arrived Ronaldo, who bagged a hat-trick to win the second leg 3-0, taking his side through on a 3-2 aggregate win.
While a phenomenal achievement, not many were left utterly shocked by this turnaround, as the footballing fan-base has learned not to rule out a team that has a superstar of Cristiano’s calibre in it.
Along with the rest of the world, however, the Portuguese international himself believed his side would go through despite the odds stacked against them, and what he did before the game just goes on to show the magnitude of his self-belief.
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As per reports, Ronaldo invited his entire family to the Old Lady, as he was certain that a miraculous night was in the offing – one which he wanted everyone close to him to witness first-hand.
In fact, even before the game kicked off, Marca had claimed that the 33-year-old was confident that he would score a hat-trick against a defence as mean as Atletico Madrid’s, and knock the La Liga giants out of the competition.
Ronaldo was full of praise for his team after having fulfilled his promise, whilst also labeling the night as ‘special’ and ‘magical’ in his post-match interview.
“It is a special night, not only because of my goals but because of the incredible attitude of the team,” he stated. “This is the Champions League mentality.
“We haven’t won anything yet, but this is a source of pride and shows we are on the right track. Juventus brought me here for this, to help and do my job, so I’m happy that we enjoyed a magical night.”