Following Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, many believed it would be extremely difficult for the Italian outfit to turn the tie around in the return leg.
However, the comeback was deemed difficult yet very possible, merely due to the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Juve lineup.
Come match-day, the Portuguese superstar showed precisely why, as he scored three crucial goals to knock Atletico out and take his side to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Reports suggested that Ronaldo himself was confident of winning the tie – so much so, that he told his family and friends to expect a special night at the Old Lady, which would involve him scoring a hat-trick.
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Cristiano’s never-say-die attitude and incredible winning mentality certainly played a huge role in this historic win. However, one also cannot rule out the influence of the encouragement people close to the player must have provided him with before the all-important fixture.
One such friend to motivate the Portuguese international ahead of the game was none other than his former Manchester United teammate, Patrice Evra.
The decorated Frenchman sent a Whatsapp message to Ronaldo, wherein he reinforced the belief he had in the star forward, and urged him to confidently deal with Atletico Madrid.
Evra shared a screenshot of the aforementioned conversation on his official Twitter account, captioning the tweet: “The only person in the world that can take the pressure and be the best player in the world like Michael Jordan is Cristiano Ronaldo…”
Take a look at their exchange here: