Ronaldo: I am from this planet!

Ronaldo's Real Madrid are on the verge of making another Champions League final, while the Argentine has scored 48 goals for Barcelona in all competitions this season.

However, despite the size of the task and the fact his side failed to muster a shot on target on Tuesday night, Simeone was in a bullish mood.

"We made too many mistakes", Atletico midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion said.

"Every time I see him I am amazed at his drive and determination to be the best in the world - and on Tuesday it was a "wow" performance from him".

Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero for Real Madrid last night but still had to plead with the fans for respect.

"We played a great game", Zidane said after the match.

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"Simeone (Atletico Coach) is right, there's still a second leg to come".

"It is great to have a player like Ronaldo". "We need to apologize to our fans, to everyone at the stadium and to everyone watching at home".

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo denies that his club have received bids for in-demand defender Theo Hernandez.

"We had the ball in the second half but didn't create anything and they exploited the spaces well", Simeone said.

Ronaldo has now reached the 400-goal mark for Real - though one of these is disputed - and his goal-scoring feats are now getting so gargantuan that it's easy to lose any sense of scale; few can compare with his records.

Real needed a stoppage time equaliser en route to beating Atletico in the 2014 final, scored a late victor in the quarter-finals a year later and edged last season s final between the two on a penalty shootout. The Portugal star then wrapped up the game - and perhaps the tie - by clinching a hat-trick, thus taking his haul of goals in semi-final outings to 13.

"We started well, the first half-hour was fantastic, and we were clinical with our chances". Football has unexpected things. "Now we hope to finish the job".

Keylor Navas was called into action at the other end and he got down well to rescue Real from conceding a vital away goal when he got a touch on the ball as Kevin Gameiro tried to round him after a delightful through ball.

  • Julie Sanders