Cristiano Ronaldo seen firing up his Juventus team-mates in the tunnel before completing stunning second-half turnaround win over Atletico Madrid in Champions League clash
Signing Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t mean you’re acquiring only one of the greatest footballers on the planet – you’re also getting one of the great leaders.
The Portuguese often leads from the front in terms of the sheer volume of goals he scores, but it is rare his influence off the pitch is captured on camera.
His galvanising instinct at half time saw him round up his troops and give them individual fist bumps and handshakes in a bid to gee them up ahead of a crucial second 45 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo was captured at half time geeing up his Juventus team-mates
The striker shook hands or fist bumped with his team-mates before the second half
It was obvious that his passion was boiling over in an exchange he had with the referee
Juve were winning the match 1-0 but trailed 2-1 in the tie – needing a further two goals to clinch victory.
The Portuguese came out and led by example, netting just three minutes into the second half to level the scores on aggregate.
He later slotted home a penalty to seal a famous victory for the Old Lady and send the Allianz Stadium into raptures.
But while his exploits on the pitch were plain for all to see, his energy and desire in the tunnel is a rare insight into how much of an impact he has off the pitch.
Ronaldo shakes hands with Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini ahead of the second half
His influence as a leader was plain for all to see before he scored twice in the second half
The striker showed his class on the pitch, netting a hat-trick to seal a famous 3-0 victory