"It was meant to be a special night and it was, not just for my goals but for the attitude we showed", said Ronaldo.
The financial gap between Atletico and the top European teams has been reduced significantly in recent years, and the club has gradually grown into one of the continent's main forces, providing Simeone near-perfect conditions to do his job. I wanted to us play like that also in the first leg, but then I changed something and it didn't go the right way. "This is the mentality of champions".
The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday's last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin.
The Portugal worldwide 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.
"Tonight we were lucid, there was the risk of having a hysterical match, as if everything had to be done in 10 minutes", he added.
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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor once again wrote his name into the record books with a stellar show. He now has the Champions League records for the most goals, most assists, most penalties, most free-kicks an the most goals in the knockout rounds.
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.
Bernardeschi sent a curling free-kick just wide minutes later with Ronaldo missing a chance for a second when he headed wide.
Federico Bernardeschi moved over to the left-hand side of the penalty area to deliver a cross for Ronaldo, who powered a header inside the near post from close range after getting the better of Juanfran.
Kean had a chance to score the victor, but failed.
"I don't think it was lack of commitment or lack of character", Simeone said. Instead we had to pressure them, whilst also keeping a balance and we did it. "They simply played better and we have to congratulate them".