Cristiano Ronaldo was made to take a doping test after he scored a hat-trick to all but put Real Madrid in the final of the UEFA Champions League.
Sergio Ramos revealed this after the match when speaking to reporters saying he and his teammates were denied a chance to congratulate Ronaldo following his performance because authorities had held him back.
“He had to undergo a doping test, so we couldn’t see him,” the club captain told the media.
“Obviously when Cristiano is in good form, Real Madrid make the most out of it.”
“I want to congratulate him because he is unique.”
The Portuguese striker scored his 42nd hat-trick for the Spanish giants to see off city rivals Atletico at the Bernabeu. It was also his second consecutive Champions League hat-trick, having scored five goals in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
The Champions League’s highest goalscorer in history with 103 goals grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and rose to the occasion as he has constantly done throughout his career.
Real took the lead after 10 minutes when Ronaldo headed home a Casemiro cross from close range. Los Blancos controlled proceedings and were very impressive all through the night as Atletico were uncharacteristically meek, although Keylor Navas had to pull off a great one-on-one save to stop Diego Simeone’s side from leveling matters.
The majority of goal mouth action moved back to Atleti’s post as goalkeeper Jan Oblak was called into action severally. Luka Modric first hit wide before Karim Benzema acrobatically smashed a Ronaldo cross inches over the bar.
Ronaldo grabbed his second in the 73rd minute after Benzema held off Diego Godin to square the ball to him as he shook off Filipe Luis to thunder in an unstoppable shot.
He completed his second hat-trick against Atletico this season four minutes from time when Lucas Vazquez’s cutback found him on the penalty spot to slot home.
Atletico, who only had one shot on target on the night, will need to pull off one of the Champions League’s all-time special performances to stop their neighbors from progressing. Real Madrid, on the other hand, will be looking to become the first team to retain the Champions League since its rebranding in 1992.
So unless something very dramatic occurs at the Vicente Calderón next Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates are in a great position to make history. And as if the four time Ballon d’Or winner needed any motivation, his performances so far and a twelfth Champions League title for Madrid will all but secure this year’s world best player trophy to level up with arch-rival Leo Messi.