Diego Maradona hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a “sorcerer” after the
magical Juventus star fulfilled his pre-match prediction by scoring a hat-
trick against Atletico Madrid.
The Italian club’s share price shot up by 20% after reaching the
Champions League quarter-finals to pay back another chunk of the
Portuguese’s £85m transfer fee.
And Maradona said: “There are players who have been touched by a
magic wand. We Argentines are proud that Lionel Messi is Argentinian.
“The other one is an animal. Ronaldo is pure power, and now he’s
also a sorcerer. He said he’d score three goals and he scored three
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star netted his eighth
Champions League hat-trick to draw level with Messi to extend his
record tally to 124 goals in 160 matches. He has scored 63 times in the
With Juventus bidding to win the Champions League for the first time
since 1996, midfielder Blaise Matuidi said: “He has already won the
competition five times, he can win it again. He showed again on
Tuesday that he is the No.1.”
By contrast, the Spanish press were left to rue the loss of Ronaldo
following Real Madrid’s humiliating defeat to Ajax last week.
“Madrid should never have let a player like this escape, when he had a
contract, was the all-time top scorer and one of the patrons of the four
Champions League wins,” said sports daily Marca.
“They gave away a legend for 100 million euros. We just saw that
Ronaldo is priceless. Letting him go was a historic error. Cristiano
wasn’t worth 100 million euros, he was worth a billion.”