Treble Ronaldo Sparks Juventus Shares Surge In Milan Stock Exchange

Mar 13 - by AFP for SportPesa News

Portuguese forward notched hat-trick as hosts overturned a 0-2 deficit to book a UEFA Champions League quarter final place with 3-2 aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League, round of 16, 2nd leg football match between Juventus and Atletico de Madrid on March 12, 2019 at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy. PHOTO/AFP

  • The Portuguese superstar added a late penalty to a pair of headers for a 3-0 win on the night and 3-2 on aggregate over Atletico Madrid to seal a place in the quarter-finals
  • "That's why Juventus bought me, to help them in games like this," the 34-year-old Ronaldo said after the game

TURIN, Italy- Juventus shares soared by over 20 per cent on the Milan stock exchange on Wednesday, the morning after Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible hat-trick rescued the Italian giants Champions League campaign.

The Portuguese superstar added a late penalty to a pair of headers for a 3-0 win on the night and 3-2 on aggregate over Atletico Madrid to seal a place in the quarter-finals.

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The Turin club's shares jumped by 23 per cent after the Milan stock exchange opened before dipping to 17.09 per cent later in the morning.

In 90 minutes the five-time Ballon d'Or winner demonstrated why Juventus splashed out 100 million euros (USD 117 million) last summer to bring the Real Madrid star to Italy, in addition to his annual salary of 31 million euros.

"That's why Juventus bought me, to help them in games like this," the 34-year-old Ronaldo said after the game. 

The seven-time reigning Italian title-holders have not won the Champions League since 1996, and have finished runners-up twice in the past four seasons.