Ferdinand hails Ronaldo as ‘god of football’ after bagging hatric in Champions League
Rio Ferdinand has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘living football god’ after the Juventus star overturned a two-goal deficit by scoring a stunning hat-trick against Atletico.
The Italian champions looked to be facing the steepest of uphill tasks after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Diego Simeone’s side three weeks ago in Madrid.
But Ronaldo warned the capital city club they would face a cauldron in Turin – and it turned out the fire would be lit by the Portugal star himself.
‘It’s ridiculous what he’s doing. All the records – in the Champions League, he’s got every record you can imagine. He’s joint most hat tricks with Messi.
‘This goal (first goal) is like Duncan Ferguson in his prime, attacking the ball, leaving the full back in a heap, that’s what you call desire.’
Atletico came to the Juventus Stadium with a seemingly safe 2-0 advantage, with goals from Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez putting the 2014 and 2016 finalists in command.
Notorious for their defensive solidity, not many would have backed the Italians to break the Spaniards down but through Ronaldo – and a bit of help from technology – they sent Simeone’s side packing.
Fellow Champions league pundits Joleon Lescott and presenter Gary Lineker added to the praise.
Lineker chimed: ‘I think he’s the best header of a ball I’ve ever seen.’
Lescott meanwhile praised his physique: ‘He’s up there, athletically he’s ridiculous.
‘He loves it, to score goals, in any competition even if you’re 2-0 up you don’t want to be facing this guy.’