Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo registered an inspirational performance in the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg as he bagged a hattrick against Atletico Madrid to propel his side to a 3-2 victory on aggregate. The Italian club had a two-goal deficit from their loss against Sapin’s Atletico in the first-leg of the stage and Ronaldo’s three goals aided his side to quarterfinals qualification. The Portuguese international was praised for his heroics but his celebration against for one of his goal has led to a controversy which could lead to a ban by the governing body of the tournament, the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations).
According to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, UEFA will look into the matter and if found guilty Cristiano Ronaldo will be served with a Champions League ban. The 33-year-old is also in risk of a fine after the celebration which was an imitation of Atletico Madrid manager’s celebration in the first leg to mock the opponents after the loss. Following Ronaldo’s goal, he celebrated in the same manner which could be said was a taunt to Diego Simeone and the Atletico Madrid supporters.
This action could lead to a fine and ban from the next match – similar to what Diego Simeone faced after his celebrations. However, the Atletico coach feels Ronaldo did it for the same reason as himself which was to show the fans that he is the best in the world.
“For sure he did it for the same reason I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano: to show his personality to his fans.” Simeone also hailed Ronaldo as the best player in the world in his post-match comments.
Should he face a ban, it would be a massive blow for Juventus as the quarterfinal fixture will be very crucial and the club would miss Ronaldo, who has been in top form lately.