Cristiano Ronaldo faces disciplinary hearing over goal celebration vs Atletico Madrid

first_img Next Reuters ZurichMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 17:44 IST Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League has led to a disciplinary hearing from UEFA. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the 2nd leg of Champions League match vs Atletico MadridRonaldo imitated Simeone’s celebration from the first legRonaldo will face a hearing from UEFA for “improper conduct”Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.UEFA said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win.Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers.Simeone was fined 20,000 euros ($22,708) for the incident but escaped a touchline ban for the return match. Juventus face Ajax Amsterdam in their quarter-final.RONALDO FOOTBALL’S GREATEST HEADER: EX-IRELAND STRIKERPortugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest header in the history of football with an extraordinary range, according to former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino.Ronaldo, who has netted 123 headed goals in his career, scored with two headers to help Juventus come from behind and eliminate Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday.Cascarino, who scored 103 goals in his career, many of which were towering headers, explained in his column in The Times how Ronaldo has converted himself from a tricky winger to a forward who excelled at headers inside the box.”Ronaldo is a class above anyone who has ever played the game. The range of headers he can score is extraordinary,” Cascarino wrote.”You’ll see flicked headers from a standing position, powerful leaps with power and precision, flicks at a near post after running across a defender… There are so many different varieties and he is brilliant at all of them.”advertisementCascarino was most impressed with Ronaldo’s second goal against Atletico when he directed a header goalwards even though he was on the way down when he headed the ball.”[He] was almost falling to the ground when he connected with Joao Cancelo’s cross and thumped a header that Jan Oblak failed to keep out,” he said. “He was on the way down from his jump and still created so much power with his header.”Cascarino credits Ronaldo’s height, technique and physique which allows him to make a running jump that is 78 cm high, seven cm higher than the average basketball player in the NBA.”His body shape has changed a lot over the years and he has clearly spent a lot of time working on his upper body strength. This allows him to lift himself into the air… When he’s in the air, he’s not coming down quickly,” Cascarino added.”The strength of his thighs is pivotal to the height of his leap… If you look at his neck he has clearly strengthened it considerably. It’s very important for generating power with your head.”He has transformed himself into the best header of the ball in world football, and that will have happened from grafting in the gym and tireless work on the training pitch.”Also Read | Spanish media applauds Cristiano Ronaldo after hat-trick heroics in Champions LeagueAlso Read | We enjoyed a magical night, says hat-trick hero Ronaldo after Juventus rout AtleticoFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow UEFAFollow Diego SimeoneFollow Juventus vs Atletico MadridFollow UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo faces disciplinary hearing over goal celebration vs Atletico MadridCristiano Ronaldo celebrated one of his goals during Juventus’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, imitating Diego Simeone’s celebration in the first leg.advertisementlast_img read more