Juventus shares soar after Ronaldo hat-trick

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring 3-0 during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match Juventus vs Atletico Madrid. 

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a hat-trick during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match agains Atletico Madrid. 

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

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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.

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

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

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"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.

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