Cristiano Ronaldo netted yet another hat trick in two consecutive champions league game,
The Real Madrid star netted three times against Atletico, drawing him level with Barcelona’s talisman when it comes to the collection of match balls
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with his eternal rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi, on seven Champions League hat-tricks.
The Portuguese superstar was once again at his awesome best against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
His efforts alone would appear to have weighted the last four encounter firmly in favour of the Blancos ahead of a return date across the Spanish capital.
Back-to-back trebles – having achieved the same feat against Bayern Munich last time out – have taken his record-breaking haul in the competition to 103.
Messi has been left behind on 94, with Barca crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage this season.
Ronaldo now has his sights set on another final, having become the first man since Robert Lewandowski in 2012-13 to achieve complete domination of a semi-final clash.
In the same vain the 32-year-old lauded his team-mates for a performance which has them in control of the tie heading into next week’s second leg.
“The team has been tremendous. It was my turn to score the goals, but the team was phenomenal,” added Ronaldo.