Mystic Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Champions League hat-trick

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After Atlético Madrid won the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie over Juventus, their manager Diego Simeone celebrated in controversial fashion.

Apart from that, the encounter wasn't without its share of controversy as the attacker mimicked Diego Simeone's "cojones" celebration once he had scored his team's third goal to see them through to the next time.

With four minutes left, Bernardeschi powered into the Atletico area, was pushed in the back by Angel Correa and Ronaldo blasted home the penalty to join Lionel Messi as the only players with eight hat-tricks in Europe's elite competition. "This is why Juve brought me in, to help on magical nights like this".

He hit three past Jan Oblak in the final La Liga match to take place at Vicente Calderon in 2017 before achieving the feat once more in the Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu later that same season.

The last time the two teams locked horns in the first leg of the Champions League 2018-19 at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Italian giants bit the dust losing 2-0.

But domestic goals are not the reason Juventus splashed out £100million on a 33-year-old last summer. Juve's lead was doubled when another Ronaldo header was awarded via goal-line technology three minutes into the second half. "Not just for the goals, but for the team and their incredible attitude".

Atletico Madrid's vaunted center-back pairing finally got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, even providing the goals after holding their long-time rival scoreless for once.

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With typical swagger, Ronaldo, 34, said: "This was why Juventus brought me here".

"There was the risk of taking a hysterical approach to the game, as the idea of the comeback had been talked about so much, but we had 95 minutes to get the job done".

With 124 goals and five titles to his name and no signs of him letting up it's likely that Ronaldo will be synonymous with the competition for many years to come.

'This is the Champions League mentality.

The top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons, he has however scored just once in this year's competition, delivering a performance far below expectations in Madrid.

Juventus enters the game trailing 2-0 and probably needs Ronaldo to continue terrorizing Atletico Madrid in order to advance.

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