Ronaldo’s match-winning display in a 3-0 win against Atltico Madrid saw the Portuguese become the first player in history to score back-to-back hat-tricks in the Champions League knockout stages.
Under the backdrop of a blood red Bernabeu skyline, the 32-year-old put Los Blancos’ local rival to the sword in the semifinal first leg, taking more shots (five) than the entire Atltico team (four), finishing the night with more Champions League goals to his name than Los Colchoneros have scored in the entire 114-year history of the club.
An 86th minute sucker punch sealed his 42nd Real Madrid hat-trick, took him to 52 knockout goals, and all but booked Real Madrid’s passage to a third Champions League final in four years.
Ronaldo now has 103 goals in 138 Champions League appearances — a record made all the more remarkable by the fact the four-time Ballon d’Or winner didn’t score until his 30th game in the competition, against Debrecen in the 2005-06 season.
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