"It had to be a special night and it was, not just for the goals, but for the team and their incredible attitude", continued the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.
Ronaldo inspired the Italians to a stunning fightback with two towering headers and a nerveless late penalty, which sealed a 3-0 win on the night after they lost the first leg 2-0 in Madrid.
But the team's embarrassing performance in a 3-0 loss to Juventus on Tuesday, a result that eliminated the club in the round of 16 of the Champions League, gives some fuel to those who think Atletico could be playing differently and succeeding more often than it is under Simeone's tactics and his current players.
Atletico were also showing plenty of intent going forward with both Koke and Antoine Griezmann getting strikes away from distance, but it was not long before Juventus got the goal that they deserved. "This is what we wanted in the first leg".
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The top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons, he has now scored four in this year's competition.
"The lads have shown great maturity", said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The Portugal global was signed by Juve for £100million last summer and a serious tilt at the Champions League was part of the reason that he moved to the club.
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Allegri's side came out firing, dominating the first half with nine shots on goal compared to three for the Spaniards.
"It was a superb match tonight, with a wonderful public".
Atletico had an early scare when Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini, making his 500th Juve appearance, had the ball in the back of the net after four minutes. "We didn't have many chances apart from (Alvaro) Morata's header". Juventus were awarded a penalty when Bernardeschi was pushed by Correa inside the area, and the 34-year-old stepped up to dispatch the penalty into the bottom corner. "They were just better than us and we have to congratulate them".
It was Ronaldo's eighth hat-trick in the competition, moving him level with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and demonstrating why Juventus paid Real Madrid €112 million (then US$131.5 million) for the Portugal star who has dominated the competition in recent years.
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