Pricey ‘Cojone’ Celebrations; Christiano Ronaldo slapped with a €20,000 fine for the gesture

Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined €20,000 (£17,373) for his gesture towards Atletico Madrid fans.

The Juventus star made the gesture after scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League last-16 clash.

Ronaldo was charged with improper conduct by UEFA for his “cojones” goal celebration during the 3-0 victory as the Italian champions secured their place in the quarter-final.

It was a clear dig at Atletico boss Diego Simeone who was fined by UEFA for his own celebration when he was seen grabbing his balls in the direction of his own fans.

Ronaldo has been handed the same punishment as the Argentine manager by European football’s governing body.

The Portuguese star will be eligible to play in the Champions League quarter-final clash with Ajax.

Atletico had led Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League clash before a stunning fightback in Turin.

Ronaldo scored two headers to level the scores before sending Juventus through to the quarter-finals with a last-gasp penalty.

“It was meant to be a special night and it was, not just for my goals but for the attitude we showed,” Ronaldo said after the match.

“That is the sort of mentality you need to win the Champions League. “This was why Juventus brought me here. To help do things that they have never done before.”

Ronaldo was left out of the Juve squad for their last Serie A encounter before the international break as they lost their unbeaten record to Genoa.

He will lead Portugal out for their upcoming fixtures as they open their Euro 2020 qualifying account against Ukraine and Serbia.

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