Ronaldo hat-trick sees him match Messi's Champions League record

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The Real Madrid star netted three times against Atletico, drawing him level with Barcelona's talisman when it comes to the collection of match balls

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with his eternal rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi, on seven Champions League hat-tricks.

The Portuguese superstar was once again at his awesome best against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Ronaldo reaches another CL landmark

His efforts alone would appear to have weighted the last four encounter firmly in favour of the Blancos ahead of a return date across the Spanish capital.

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Back-to-back trebles – having achieved the same feat against Bayern Munich last time out – have taken his record-breaking haul in the competition to 103.

Messi has been left behind on 94, with Barca crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage this season.

Ronaldo now has his sights set on another final, having become the first man since Robert Lewandowski in 2012-13 to achieve complete domination of a semi-final clash.

Ronaldo helped Madrid to Champions League glory last season and also claimed the crown in 2013-14, with Atletico overcome in the final on both occasions.

Those successes have been added to the 2007-08 triumph he enjoyed while with Manchester United.

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