Ronaldo scored a hat trick against the normally resilient Spanish side to send Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win on Tuesday as the Bianconeri fought back from a two-goal first-leg defeat.
After he scored Juve's crucial third goal from the penalty spot, the 34-year-old ran to the touchline and replicated Simeone's gesture.
The winners of Wednesday's ties between Barcelona and Lyon, and Bayern Munich and Liverpool - with both first legs finishing 0-0 - will complete the lineup.
Football fans knew that he was capable of producing a magical performance to help Juventus reach the quarter-finals and weren't particularly surprised to see him score a hat-trick. "In the second half we did not have chances to deserve to advance".
Manchester City, in the other game of the night, blew past a awful Schalke 04 7-0 on the night to advance 10-2 on aggregate.
Utterly brilliant work. Juventus had never come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a Champions League contest.
Ronaldo was the star of the night in Turin yesterday as his three goals secured Juve safe progression to the last-eight. They were better tactically and on second balls.
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VAR is coming for the referees. "And I think it's positive for football in England", he added. It was so hard to concede in the way we conceded after 15 minutes.
"They were better than us and we have to compliment them".
The tie appeared to be drifting towards extra time, but Atletico substitute Angel Correa pushed Bernadeschi inside the area with just six minutes remaining. Atletico is a very complicated opponent but we have proven to deserve the next round. Remember that we had players out, yet this was a great game with what we tried in an incredible atmosphere - the stadium was really our 12th man tonight.
Here's what the official account of Champions League posted.
"Honestly, I'm calm and the players did well this week".
In the other fixture, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were the architects of Manchester City's huge home victory over Schalke in the Champions League last 16.
The City boss has been an advocate of the Video Assistant Referee system but after the first four goals all went for a review, Guardiola admitted it needs to get faster.