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'Cristiano Ronaldo a legend, icon, phenomenon': Twitter reacts to his Champions League hat-trick

A ruthless Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a crushing 3-0 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally to 103 goals in the competition as he helped Madrid vanquish their neighbours at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was another demoralising European defeat for Atletico at the hands of Real, who had beaten Diego Simeone's side in two of the competition's last three finals.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates Reuters

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates. Reuters

The plaudits, however, belonged once again to the extraordinary Ronaldo, who followed up his hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final second leg at the Bernabeu with another superb treble, his 42nd in all for Madrid.

"It is great to have a player like Ronaldo. You need someone to score to get the result and he is unbelievable," Real midfielder Toni Kroos said, praising his teammate on BT Sport.

Within minutes of completing the incredible feat of scoring back-to-back hat-tricks in the Champions League finals stage, social media was flooded with adulation for the Portuguese.

Here is what some of his fellow teammates and former players had to say:

"We are very happy with the game, with the three goals and above all keeping a clean sheet at home," said Real's coach Zinedine Zidane, after taking a huge step closer to guiding his side towards becoming the first to successfully defend the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990. Ronaldo's feat also evoked a lot of traffic from fans, not just his or Real Madrid's but even from fans of his former club Manchester United and even some Arsenal 'fans':

 

With inputs from Reuters


Updated Date: May 03, 2017 14:04 PM

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