'The Champions League is Cristiano's playground': Fans react to Ronaldo's hat-trick

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

And while that is a respectable tally by all accounts, it doesn't hold a candle to his extraordinary goal scoring feats of 450 goals in 438 games at Real Madrid.

He also became the first player in history to score 125 UEFA club competition goals.

Following his hat-trick in Juventus' empathic win over Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 second leg tie, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has equalled a remarkable goalscoring record set by FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi. They will have to bring the fight to Atletico in the second leg but, unfortunately, that's precisely Atletico's bag, even without the suspended Diego Costa.

With Atletico making little effort to look for the away goal that could have changed the complexion of the tie, Juventus continued to press forward. Cristiano Ronaldo has won three straight UCL titles but a fourth could go out the window on Tuesday night under the lights in Northern Italy.

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The Spaniards had survived an early scare when Giorgio Chiellini's goal was disallowed after a VAR review.

"Ronaldo played a good match, he is used to this type of match", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Ronaldo and Juventus join Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Porto and Ajax in the Champions League quarter-final draw.

Juve are yet to lose in 27 league games to date this season, and the defeat in Madrid came amid a run of five successive domestic victories.

The former Real Madrid star delivered on the big stage yet again with two headers and a penalty at Juventus Stadium. It shocked the fans inside Wanda Metropolitano.

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