Champions League

Ronaldo makes Juventus vow ahead of Atletico revenge mission

2019-03-12 15:31
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Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping his dedication and passion for football will help Juventus to revive their Champions League hopes.

Juve head into Tuesday night's last 16, second leg clash with Atletico Madrid in Turin trailing 2-0 after late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin handed the Spaniards a significant advantage.

However Ronaldo, whose last-gasp penalty for Real Madrid dumped the runaway Serie A leaders out of last season's competition at the quarter-final stage, is in no mood to allow them to bow out once again without a fight having already demonstrated his prowess to remarkable effect in Portugal, England and Spain.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, who has scored a staggering 697 goals in 984 games during his career to date, told Juventus TV: 'I have no secrets, just my dedication and my passion for this sport, I love to play football more than anything else.

'I've enjoyed myself in Portugal, England and Spain and I am now doing so in Italy. For me, it's a pleasure to score goals and to help my team win. I'm happy.'

Juve are yet to lose in 27 league games to date this season, and the defeat in Madrid came amid a run of five successive domestic victories.

Having scored 22 goals against Atletico in 31 appearances for arch-rivals Real and converted the winning penalty in the 2016 Champions League final shoot-out, Ronaldo is confident the tie is still alive.

He said: 'Everyone knows that they are a strong team, they defend very well, they don't take a lot of risks and they play on the counter-attack, but we are ready, and we will do everything we can to beat them.'

 

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