Earlier this February, Atletico Madrid had bolstered their chances of progressing in UEFA Champions League following a stunning 2-0 triumph over Juventus in the first-leg of their Round of 16 clash at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Two late goals from their centre-backs had given Atleti a significant lead before their trip to Turin for the second-leg clash.
If manager Diego Simeone's animated celebration at the touchline highlighted what the first-leg triumph meant to them, the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo's threat was carefully nullified by Atletico, put the Portuguese's Champions League reign in jeopardy. But, three weeks later, what eventually unfolded at the Allianz stadium, cannot be described in words.
With their back against the wall, Juventus pulled off one of the spirited fightbacks in the history of the European competition. Trailing 0-2 (on aggregate), Massimiliano Allegri's men blanked the visitors 3-0 to the sheer joy of a packed Allianz stadium crowd. And, if Juventus' turnaround allowed them to fire warning shots to their rivals, the five-star performance of Ronaldo, once again, reminded everyone why he considered one of the all-time greatest to have blessed the game.
Juventus' 99-million-pound summer signing lived up to his billing with a remarkable hat-trick which sent the home fans into delirium. A stunning header in the 27th minute, another one in 49th minute and a calm finish from the spot-kick in the 86th minute allowed Ronaldo to enter Juventus folklore on the back of yet another sensational performance in Europe's biggest competition.
While Ronaldo's 'Herculean show' single-handedly allowed Juventus to overturn their deficit from the first-leg and progress further in the tournament, it also brought his own girlfriend to tears in the stands as she watched her partner script a sensational turnaround for his team.
Georgina Rodriguez, who was accompanied by Ronaldo's son Cristiano Jr, looked content after watching her partner score from two headers in the match. But, her excitement, akin to the fans in the stands, reached an all-time high after Ronaldo slammed the penalty past Jan Oblak to win the tie for Juventus.March 12, 2019
After taking a moment to catch her brath, Rodriguez couldn't help but let tears of joy roll down her eyes in the stands. On the other hand, Cristiano Jr was seen celebrating wildly after watching his father complete his hat-trick on a night that will be hard to forget for both Juventus and Atletico fans.View this post on Instagram
Este 3-0 nadie te lo roba. Te lo mereces, no por los 3 goles de esta noche. Te lo mereces por tu dedicación, por lo que consigues en el club donde estés. Eres un remolque para tus compañeros, entrenador y todos los que te admiramos y apoyamos cada día. El karma existe. Dios lo sabe, Dios te lo da, porque el mundo del fútbol es tuyo. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ TE AMAMOS. Cristianito, Mateo, Eva, Alana, Georgina. @cristiano
A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Mar 12, 2019 at 3:32pm PDT
After the match, Rodriguez took to Instagram and paid a heartfelt tribute to her boyfriend and his achievements. Sharing a picture of a young Ronaldo posing in a football kit, Rodriguez's message in Spanish loosely translates to: "This 3-0 nobody steals it. You deserve it, not for the three goals tonight. You deserve it for your dedication, for what you get in the club where you are. You are a trailer for your teammates, coach and everyone we admire and support every day. Karma exists. God knows, God gives it to you, because the world of soccer is yours. WE LOVE YOU. Cristianito, Mateo, Eva, Alana, Georgina".
To put things in perspective, Ronaldo has now scored 124 goals and continues to remain Champions League's all-time top-scorer. He has also claimed eight hat-tricks in the history of the European competition. For someone who has won the European Cup four times in the last five years, Ronaldo is now gaining ground to claim his sixth Champions League title (having won one with Manchester United in 2008).