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‘This was why Juve brought me here’ – Ronaldo relishes UCL masterclass

Cristiano Ronaldo

After helping Juventus go past Atletico Madrid to the quarter final of the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo says it is for such reasons that he was brought to the Old Lady.

The 34-year-old Portuguese joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer in a £99.2m deal, becoming one of the most expensive players of all time in the process.

His remit was, in large part, to help the Turin club win the Champions League.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick on Tuesday night as Juve overturned a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 on aggregate and secure a place in the last eight of the Champions League.

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“This was why Juventus brought me here, to help do things that they have never done before,” said Ronaldo after the victory.

“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.”

Ronaldo has now scored 18 goals in his past 14 Champions League knockout appearances and has been directly involved in 76 goals in 77 knockout matches (62 goals, 14 assists).

He is a five-time winner of the Champions League, and is gunning for a sixth as he’d hope that Juve go all the way to the final billed to hold in Atletico Madrid stadium in Spain.

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