One can only look for so many arguments to debate how the Portuguese megastar Cristiano Ronaldo is not the greatest footballer of this generation and most certainly one of the top elites in the history of the game.
But when he does something as massive and impressive as this, the haters must dig deep into their 'bag of excuses' to bring down the man's brilliance and still won't be able to come out with a solid case.
The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 saw what was probably the best individual performance this season when Ronaldo scored a brilliant and a very crucial hat-trick in order to surpass Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid and take his Juventus to the UCL quarter finals.March 12, 2019
While two absolutely stunning headers brought Juve to a 2-0 lead in the game, it was the penalty kick which followed left-winger Federico Bernardeschi being clumsily pushed from behind by Atletico substitute Angel Correa that propelled the Italian club by a goal on aggregate making them win the rivalry 3-2 overall.
first goal by ronaldo pic.twitter.com/q2sUjbOCFw— Khoirul Umam (@AmbonezYowmann) March 12, 2019
Ronaldo's 123rd Goal in the Champions league to bring back Juve in the tie. Most clutch player of all time.pic.twitter.com/500mFD9UZz— Hamza (@Ronaldoversesx) March 12, 2019
A beauty of a shot placed well into the bottom right corner of the net while Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak dived to the left, preceded the iconic 'Ronaldo' celebration with his teammates running behind in pursuit to celebrate the achievement with the star.
Cristiano Ronaldo ice-cold Hattrick Penalty Goal to turn the deficit over Atletico Madrid. Greatest of all time. Ice in his veins.pic.twitter.com/6rXrW5b1VM— Hamza (@Ronaldoversesx) March 12, 2019
"The risk was to play a hysterical match, the comeback was there to be had, and we had 95 minutes to do it,” said Juventus' manager Massimiliano Allegri after the match. “The players played with brilliance and intelligence… [Ronaldo] was good and the rest of the players were also good.”
Ronaldo's heroic hat-trick got his fans yet another reason to celebrate their love and passion for football and that for the player himself as they showered the man with gratitude online:
i'm convinced ronaldo invented soccer at this pointððð pic.twitter.com/ekBo31DK0n— nick foles fan acc (@Mauger32) March 13, 2019
Ronaldo in the tunnel before the game pic.twitter.com/Ufxh01DFAe— ð° (@Reece43671363) March 13, 2019
ALL OF THE CRISTIANO RONALDO HATERSðððððððð pic.twitter.com/fxbAFx0mHT— peppers.11â½ï¸ð²ð½ (@wichoo98) March 13, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo fans right now ðð pic.twitter.com/W2WM8LYbow— Fine_wine ð· (@LuwizDarko) March 13, 2019
Even Arsenal midfielder and Ronaldo's former teammate from his Real Madrid days, Mesut Ozil congratulated him on the show the Portuguese put on today:March 12, 2019