Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals
The 34-year-old Portuguese superstar scored two headers and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display and 3-2 aggregate victory by the Italian champions in Turin. After scoring the decisive penalty four minutes from time, Ronaldo turned towards the Atletico fans and replicated Simeone’s gesture after the Spaniards’ 2-0 first leg win by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin. “He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character,” said Simeone, who was fined 20,000 euros ($22,000) by UEFA for his gesture. “Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights,” added the Argentinian coach.
Former Real Madrid player Ronaldo has now scored 25 goals against Atletico in 33 appearances, including four hat-tricks. Two of his five Champions League titles, in 2014 and 2016, have also been won by beating Atletico in the finals. He scored the title-winning penalty against Atletico in 2016 and a hat-trick against them in the last four a year later. “In the history of Juve there was never a comeback like this,” said Ronaldo. “That’s why Juventus bought me, to help them in games like this. I do my job and I’m very happy, it was a magical evening.”