The Portuguese superstar has been given a fine of 20,000 euros by UEFA after his controversial celebration against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the second leg to help Juventus perform a huge comeback against the Colchoneros who won the first leg 2-0.

As part of the celebrations for one of his goals, the star forward grabbed his crotch in an attempt to copy Atletico manager Diego Simeoneโ€™s celebration from the first leg match. Simeone was then fined โ‚ฌ20,000 by UEFA for the gesture.

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Ronaldo netted three times against Atletico Madrid in the last 16. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Argentine manager had insisted that the gesture was aimed at the Atletico fans and that it was meant to show he had the courage to take certain decisions that others wouldnโ€™t be able to take.

This afternoon, it was confirmed that Ronaldo will avoid ban against Ajax and that he will only receive a fine, with the amount being the same as that received by Simeone.

Juventus will surely breathe a sigh of relief following the news as it means they can count on the man bought for โ‚ฌ100 million last summer ahead of the quarter-final fixtures against Ajax, scheduled for April.

The Bianconeri will be hoping they can lift the prestigious trophy last brought to Turin almost twenty-three years ago back in 1996.

Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, one with Manchester United in 2009 and then four times with Real Madrid in the span of five years with the last three being won consecutively.

After the impressive win against the Colchoneros, Ronaldo said that his goals were the reason Juventus signed him last summer.

“This had to be a great night and it was one, not just for my goals but for the team. Maybe this is why Juve signed me. I just do my job and it was a magical night. We’ve not done anything yet, but we’re very proud.”

In the eventuality that Juve progress against Ajax, they will face either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals.

However, it needs to be said that Ajax are not a side to be underestimated at all as they already pulled off one of this seasonโ€™s biggest upsets in Europe as they defeated Real Madrid on aggregate in their last 16 matches a few days ago.

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