Diego Maradona has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘an animal and a sorcerer’ for living up to his prediction of scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo reportedly told his close friends and family that he would bag three against Atleti to ensure Juventus not only came back in their Champions League last-16 tie but also reached the quarter-finals.
The Portuguese promptly kept to his word on Tuesday evening and Maradona could not hide his admiration for the No 7, despite his affinity with Lionel Messi and Napoli.
“There are players who are touched by a magic wand,” the Argentine was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.
“The truth is that us Argentines are proud Messi is Argentine and didn’t play for Spain, but the other is an animal.
“Ronaldo is pure power and now he’s a sorcerer too because he said he would score three goals and did.”