Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for wild celebration against Atletico Madrid

Sudarshan Venkatesan
|Published 14/03/2019

Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for that wild celebration against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. 

Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for that wild ‘cojones’ celebration against Atletico Madrid after the completion of the game. The Portuguese International was able to carry his team to the Quarterfinals of the competition with a hat-trick against his old rivals.

He scored two goals through the headers in the first and second half respectively. Massimiliano Allegri’s men peered at Atletico’s side with tiredness, but Federico Bernadeschi’s fantastic run aided them a penalty in the 83rd minute.

The former Real Madrid forward, who invited his close friends and family was able to give them a reason to travel to Turin and witness his hat-trick magic in front of the admirable crowd. The Allianz Stadium cherished this superlative victory to the full extent as the team took yet another stride towards their first Champions League triumph for the first time since 1996.

After the full-time whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo was seen to be doing the ‘cojones’ celebration in front of the Atletico Madrid crowd which might land him in trouble.

As per the Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, the organization will open an inquiry for turning towards the visiting supporters.

“UEFA will open an inquiry into the Ronaldo gesture at the end of #JuveAtletico. He risks a fine like Simeone, but if it were considered a mocking gesture towards the opposition fans it could turn into a disqualification for a game.”

Diego Simeone was found to be performing the same celebration towards his own fans after the second goal at Wanda Metropolitano. The Argentine International was slapped with 20,000 euros fine for that wild celebration in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.

The Atletico Madrid boss pointed to his crotch after Diego Godin scored the goal in reverse fixture. The 48-year-old avowed that he only meant to support in a wild manner and did not take any stripe at Juventus supporters. Simeone represented Inter Milan and Lazio during his playing career.

“It’s not a nice gesture, I admit, but I felt the need to do it,” he told the media after the full-time whistle.

“I did it as a player at Lazio and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones. I can only apologize if anyone was offended. It wasn’t aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters.” said Simeone.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to face the same, but his confrontation in front of the visiting crowd unlike Simeone might sparkle the UEFA disciplinary committee to take an action against him. If he is proved guilty, he is likely to miss the first leg of the Quarterfinals.

Diego Simeone did not admit one percent of bitterness towards Cristiano Ronaldo for that ‘Cojones’ celebration and instead, he was in full praise for him in the post-match interview.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights. He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character.”

It was rather shocking to see Diego Simeone’s side with no proper organization throughout the game as they struggled with every aspect. The Atletico Madrid boss acknowledged that his side was second best in all departments on Tuesday.

“Juventus played better. There was the chance with Alvaro Morata’s header, but not much else. Juve continually pushed forward and entered into our penalty area, so we had to defend.

“I have to congratulate Juve, because they attacked very well. They did better and deserved the victory. It’s true, we made mistakes too, but they did better tactically and on the second balls.

“Juventus played in a similar way to what we did in the first leg. We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals. I don’t think it was our worst performance, nor did I see a lack of character. They simply played better and we have to congratulate them.” Simeone said.

“I think Juve’s greatest strength is their pressing capability. Even when we did escape their pressing, we weren’t good enough on the second balls. I want to be clear, we didn’t go out because we played badly, but because Juventus played well. When that happens, you just have to tip your hat to the opposition.”

The Champions League draw is set to take place on Friday. Will Cristiano Ronaldo head back to England to face his old side Manchester United again?




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