Rio Ferdinand Referred To Cristiano Ronaldo As A 'Football God' Following Hat-Trick Against Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's eighth Champions League hat-trick prompted Rio Ferdinand to label him a "living football God".
The five-time Ballon d'Or once against showed his elite mentality by doing exactly what he told his family he would do prior to the game - score an eighth Champions League hat-trick at the Allianz Stadium to completely turn the tie around and send the Bianconeri through to the quarter finals.
The 34-year-old levelled matters on aggregate with two incredible headed goals and then, in dramatic fashion, Juventus were given a penalty in the 86th minute when Federico Bernardeschi was fouled inside the area.
Immune to pressure, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner smashed in his 63rd Champions League knockout goal and knocked Atletico out of the Champions League yet again.
And former teammate Rio Ferdinand gave him some quite incredible praise after the game.
"He's a living football God!"- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2019
"He's the best header of the ball I've ever seen."
The Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo's playground :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/kr1zgKu3hz
"He's a living football god," the former defender said post-match.
"It's ridiculous what he's doing. All the records - in the Champions League, he's got every record you can imagine. He's joint most hat tricks with Messi."
Rio is right when talking about Ronaldo's record in the Champions League. He now has a ridiculous 124 goals in 160 games, including 63 in the knockout stage.
Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League:- NairaBET (@NairaBET) March 13, 2019
:white_check_mark:Most Headers Scored
:white_check_mark:Most Free Kicks
:white_check_mark:Most Group Stage Goals
:white_check_mark:Most Knockout Goals
:white_check_mark:Most Final Goals
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Ronaldo has been directly involved in 77 goals in 77 CL knockout appearances (63 goals, 14 assists). And he's scored 124 goals in the Champions League, more than Atletico Madrid have scored in the competition (118).
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124 Champions League goals
127 goals in UEFA club competition
77 direct goal involvements in 77 Champions League knockout games
25 goals in 33 career appearances vs Atletico Madrid
One. Incredible. Player. pic.twitter.com/BpEOZuNyvX
He continues to run riot in the competition, bringing him closer to his goal of getting the competition's name changed to the "CR7 Champions League".
Commenting on his heroics last night, Ronaldo said: "It had to be a really special night and it was.
"If we continue like this, we have not won yet but we have reasons to be proud and we are on the right way.
"That's why Juve signed me and I tried to do my best job. It's a magical night. It was a very difficult team to play but we showed that we were a very big team. We proceed step by step, we will see.''