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Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Simeone's 'big balls' gesture

After scoring a hat-trick to turn the tie against Atlético Madrid on its head, the Juventus forward responded in kind to their manager.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - March 12, 2019  Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the match   REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

After Atlético Madrid won the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie over Juventus, their manager Diego Simeone celebrated in controversial fashion. As the final whistle blew on a second leg that saw the lead overturned, the hat-trick hero decided to follow suit.

Cristiano and his 'big balls'

For the usually defensively sound Atlético, a two-goal advantage should have been enough. But in Turin, in front of a noisy home support, it proved not to be. The forward that they were facing, Cristiano Ronaldo, was someone they knew well and, once again, it was the Champions League record-breaker who did all the damage.

To celebrate, the former Real Madrid hero went to the side of the pitch and towards his own fans gave an energetic version of the celebration that Simeone apologised for afterwards, one that he was fined for. The Juventus supporters lapped it up. Another Champions League man of the match performance. Big balls, indeed.


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