Ronaldo fined for mimicking Simeone celebration

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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LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Cristiano Ronaldo was fined 20,000 euros (R323 622,33) by Uefa on Thursday for mimicking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing celebration in Juventus' Champions League last-16 win last week.

The 34-year-old scored a second-leg hat-trick as the Italian champions overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to progress to the quarter-finals.

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He replicated Simeone's gesture after the first game by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin following his tie-winning penalty.

Argentinian Simeone was also fined 20,000 euros by UEFA for his celebration, with European football's governing body following suit in Ronaldo's case.

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"He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character," Simeone said after the match.

Ronaldo, who returns to Portugal international duty after a nine-month absence later on Thursday, has scored 24 goals for Juventus since signing from Real Madrid for 100 million euros last year.

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