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Cristiano Ronaldo equals Lionel Messi’s hattrick

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Lionel Messi’s Champions League record after scoring his eighth hat-trick in the competition.

Ronaldo moved level with Barcelona foe Messi following his three-goal haul in Turin, where Juventus completed a stunning comeback to eliminate Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate en route to the quarter-finals.

Messi had broken the tie with Ronaldo during Barca’s 4-0 rout of PSV in September but the Juventus star equalled the feat on Tuesday.

Juve lost the opening leg of the last-16 tie against Atletico in Madrid but five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo led the Italian champions to the quarters following their 3-0 victory.

8 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight Champions League hat-tricks, the joint-most in the competition alongside Lionel Messi. Titans. pic.twitter.com/q2b0equOYb— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 12, 2019

Ronaldo set the tone with his 27th-minute opener before heading past Jan Oblak again four minutes into the second half.

The 34-year-old then completed the fightback from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining – taking his goals tally in the Champions League to 124 in 160 appearances.

ajike

Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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