The Last Time Cristiano Ronaldo Faced Atletico Madrid In A Champions League Knockout Fixture Will Go Down In History
The five-time Ballon d'Or has long been a thorn in Atletico's European plans and well, a video of Ronaldo's performance for Juventus when they looked on the brink of elimination against Los Colchoneros is going viral again.
You can watch that incredible footage below.
Cristiano Ronaldo has long been a thorn in Diego Simeone's side.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 21, 2022
Back in 2019, Juventus looked on the brink of elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid...
Then the Portuguese had his say on the tie 😤#UCL pic.twitter.com/40hfBnQOEs
Two late goals from Jose Giminez and Diego Godin sealed a historic win against the Italian giants and unsurprisingly, Atletico fans got carried away by the shock result.
Both during and after the game, plenty of Atletico supporters taunted Ronaldo. "Cry, cry, go to Turin and cry!" said one Madrid fan outside the stadium after the full-time whistle, while another said: "Bye bye to Italy and don't come back!"
And in the press area that night, Ronaldo memorably raised his hand to the Spanish press to remind them how many trophies he had won in the competition.
Three weeks later and Ronaldo got his sweet revenge by scoring a hat-trick against Diego Simeone's side, with Juventus eventually winning the two-legged tie 3-2 on the night.
He later called it "a magical night" after his side overturned the two-goal deficit.
"It was always going to be a special night - and it was, not only for the goals, but for the team," Ronaldo told Juve's official website. "This is the mentality of champions, this is the journey to follow. We enjoyed a magical night."
In fact, before kick-off he told friends and family that he would score a hat-trick against the La Liga side, according to Spanish publication Marca.
Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid have faced Cristiano Ronaldo FIVE times in UCL Knockout ties.— Kaz. (@Kaz7iiV2) February 22, 2022
They lost ALL FIVE, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored/assisted in each and every one of those ties 🤯 pic.twitter.com/4MHMt0tf79
Can Cristiano Ronaldo do it again on the grandest stage of them all, this evening?
Let us know in the comments. You definitely shouldn't write him off.
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