Atletico Madrid are expected to cruise through to the last eight of the champions league tonight as they take on Juventus in Turin, holding a two-goal advantage from the first leg after an impressive performance in the Spanish capital.
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Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to score his 25th goal against Atletico, and fourth hat-trick, to spark pandemonium among the home crowd.
The wins have significant financial implications: Champions League quarter finalists receive an extra 10.5 million euros in prize money, with another 31 million euros potentially at stake if clubs progress further.
Cristiano Ronaldo wants the Champions League trophy to be named after him after winning it five times and after Tuesday night's hat-trick it's hard to argue with the Juventus forward. "Not just for the goals, but for the team and their incredible attitude. This is the mentality you need in the Champions League and we are on the right track", CR7 told Sky Sport Italia. We enjoyed a magical night. "They outplayed us. When I see a team that outplays us I have to congratulate them".
There are a number of players, including the likes of Paolo Maldini and Alfredo di Stefano, who scored in five final, who have become European champion on five occasions but they either won some or all of those titles when the competition was the European Cup.
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He replied, "Maybe that's why Juventus signed me".
"In the Champions League he has got every record you can imagine".
"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".
Ronaldo netted from open play in each half and then converted a late penalty as Juventus advanced 3-2 on aggregate, ending Atletico's hopes of reaching the final at their Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
"CR7 is here for that", wrote Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport, of "a game Cristiano can not get wrong".
He has only been rested once all season - for Friday's 4-1 win over Udinese, their most recent match. "The players gave a great night of football to the Italian public".
"We have to stay calm, be humble and know that we're playing a very strong side".