From 2-0 down in the first-leg , Juventus have turned the Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid over its head and its all down to one man – Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar lives for the headlines and yet again his hat-trick in the second leg has etched his name in the hall of fame of this prestigious competition and in the footballing universe in itself.
It has been 8 months since CR8’s arrival and Turin and the fans cannot get enough of him. Why would they? Ronaldo wins them games singlehandedly.
Two thumping headers and a cool , composed and placed penalty from 12 yards was all that the 90 minutes were about in Turin.
“This was why Juventus brought me here, to help do things that they have never done before,” said Ronaldo
“It was always going to be a special night and it was – not only for the goals but for the team.
“This is the mentality you need to win in the Champions League. We enjoyed a magical night. Atletico were a difficult team but we were strong too. We will see what will happen.”
Someone had rightly said : “What’s more dangerous than a Ronaldo is a Ronaldo that did not score in the previous match”. Likewise, a trailing Juve was rescued by a bloodthirsty Ronaldo.
Juventus had signed the superstar to win the elusive holy grail of football, i.e. the Champions League and it seems it might just happen.