Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero with a hattrick as Italian champions, Juventus, reached the UCL last eight after a remarkable comeback to beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 on Tuesday in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo's record in the #UCL = ???
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 12, 2019
With Juve 2-0 down from the first leg, Ronaldo came back to haunt Diego Simeone’s side once again, scoring a brilliant hattrick in their round of the 16 second leg tie for a 3-2 aggregate victory to book their place in the quarterfinals.
Two of Ronaldo’s goals came in the first half through two well directed headers, with the third goal an 86th minute penalty to seal an exceptional performance and win for the Old Lady.
The goals were the Portuguese’s eighth hattrick in the UCL, equally Lionel Messi, with the goals taking his tally against the Spaniards to 25 in 33 matches.
Following that heroic performance against the side from LaLiga, football fans across the world have taken to their social media accounts to react.
Here are some of the best reactions as Ronaldo once again proved why Juventus paid €100m for him, according to this particular fan.
This is the exact reason they bought Ronaldo.
— TheFuhrer (@KingYemii) March 12, 2019
Ronaldo is not your GOAT's mate!!!
— Unbothered (@Oriadday) March 12, 2019
One of my proudest moments as a Juventus fan. Super proud of the team
— O O (@otoiks) March 12, 2019
Mr. Champions league. Cometh the moment, cometh the man. Sure as Heard's abuse.
— Rafiki (@zzyzx91) March 12, 2019
Now its looking like he told them to concede those goals in the 1st leg becoz he knows what he will do in the 2nd leg
— Abimbola (@Abimberry) March 12, 2019
— Tolulope Ogunmefun (@dontjealousme) March 12, 2019
Ronaldo owns Atletico Madrid lol I could’ve told anyone they’d bottle again
— Stri:(a (@StrikaNation24_) March 12, 2019
Lawd CR7 is just great. He is micheal Jordan big game great
— Rum and Coke FC ???? (@Bajanreddevil) March 12, 2019
Lmao. For the people that said Ronaldo joining Juve wasn’t a challenge, was tonight enough of a challenge or you need more?
— Cerè Reclusé (@Cerebrone) March 12, 2019
I think I'm crying. I love you so much @juventusfcen
— O O (@otoiks) March 12, 2019
Ronaldo writes his own story , ALWAYS
— Kwame ✌? (@kwameA_B) March 12, 2019
— Remontada Juventada (@Abbkrrr) March 12, 2019
Some fools were trying prove say Madrid no miss Ronaldo…! World class
— Kįng ž3ëïž (@bobbyjascoly) March 12, 2019
Yes, you guessed it!! Lionel Messi has been dragged into it, as usual.
If Juventus win the CL with Ronaldo as their main man all Messi arguments are dead.
— Jason Hayes FC (@CopyOfOne) March 12, 2019
Ronaldo has never been your MCM mate and will never be his mate
— DERELICT (@mr_kay_bee) March 12, 2019
Then, the Nostradamus-es of our time.
I saw this hat trick 2 weeks ago, so I'm not even that elated
— Chukwuemeka (@Ezxmuoh) March 12, 2019
Lol imagine betting against Ronaldo https://t.co/sMBzf4F1pP
— Million Dollar Guy (@Sijistical) March 12, 2019
This is not the 1st time Ronaldo is doing this ..i am not even in awe anymore…just another day at the office.
— I KNOW THE HUSTLE!!! (@McbenSnow) March 12, 2019
You have to feel for this Real Madrid fan, who may never really forgive Real President, Florentino Perez, for letting Ronaldo leave the club.
Madrid sold this, and kept Bale.
God go punish u Perez
— Mudi Bankz™ (@battousaii_) March 12, 2019
Meanwhile, elsewhere on the night, Manchester City sealed their quarterfinal place in style, after a 7-0 demolition of German side, Schalke 04 at the Etihad stadium.
A brace from Sergio Aguero and goals from Leroy Sane, who scored against his childhood club, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus completed a comfortable night for the Cityzens who progressed with a 10-2 aggregate win.
The result means that City have now recorded their biggest ever win in Europe, which is also the joint-highest win in the history of the Champions League.