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