Ronaldo is the Champions League's golden ticket

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It finished 3-2 on aggregate.

Juventus signed Ronaldo last summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($117 million) hoping he would make the difference on the continent.

Ronaldo nearly scored when his long-range free kick forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a hard save in the ninth minute.

The Portuguese worldwide hit a historic hat-trick to complete a sensational comeback in the last 16 of the Champions League for Juventus.

For Ronaldo, it was a night on which he once again silenced his doubters, after a subdued performance in the away leg in Madrid.

And his in-game stats are pretty impressive, too, including the most important stat of all: three shots on target, three goals.

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As reported by IOL.com prior to the tie, Ronaldo had called on the Old Lady faithful to believe: "These are the great nights, the fantastic ones: the Champions League nights". The hat-trick lifts Ronaldo 22 goals clear of Lionel Messi in the all-time Champions League goal-scoring charts with 124 in total. Put simply, Ronaldo is the modern equivalent to a golden ticket for Champions League success. Massimiliano Allegri's policy was clear - feed their talisman and he'll do the rest and so it proved with two headers either side of half time.

Now, Atletico Madrid is ready to slash those dreams, as they hold a 2-0 advantage heading into Tuesday's Champions League clash.

"These are two different matches, the first leg and second leg".

Ronaldo has always been positionless but this was the culmination of all that learned intelligence over the years as he switched from the left to the right to centre forward and back again, depending on when and where he was sensing weakness, an impatient hair-gelled shark smelling the blood in the water.

In the process, he also became the first player ever to notch up 125 goals in all European competitions.

Ronaldo had experienced a quiet Champions League campaign before Tuesday night, having scored just once in six total appearances.

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