Juventus came back from two goals down from the first leg (Picture: Getty)Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his teammates to continue improving after his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid inspired a stunning comeback in the Champions League.
Juventus progressed to the quarter-finals after Ronaldo’s goals overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg.
Ronaldo, who has won the last three Champions Leagues, was the hero on a European night again, but called for his teammates to continue with the right mentality.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man…
Cristiano Ronaldo buries the penalty to complete his hat-trick and the Juventus turnaround 🙌
He was never missing! pic.twitter.com/xDPhcQXsxq
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2019
The record-breaker left Real Madrid to join Juventus last summer and Ronaldo says the Italians signed him to provide the magic on Champions League nights.
‘It had to be a special night and it was, 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,’ he told Sky Sport Italia.
(Picture: Getty)‘This is why Juve brought me in, to help on magic nights like this.
‘Atleti are a really tough team to face, but we are strong too and proved we deserved to go through.
‘It’s too early to talk about the final, let’s take it one step at a time.’
Ronaldo scored his eighth Champions League hat-trick (Picture: Getty)Two headers from Ronaldo levelled proceedings for Juventus on aggregate before the forward scored an 86th minute penalty to avoid extra-time.
Juventus join Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Porto and Ajax in the quarter-finals.