I Am From This Planet, Says Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted "I am from this planet" after reaching another milestone in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid.

The Portugal star hit a hat-trick for the second match running in the competition to give his side a 3-0 semi-final first-leg lead that puts them rigidly on course to reach the final in Cardiff.

The former Manchester United striker was later honoured with a commemorative shirt by club president Florentino Perez for reaching 400 goals in all competitions for the club, although official records say he is on 399.

"The truth is I feel really good," he told Dugout. "I've prepared myself to be fit for this final stage of the league and the Champions League as well.

"Obviously there's a bit of luck as well. I've prepared myself and things have turned out well, not just for me, but for the team, too.

"That's why I say that, with dedication and hard work, as always, things come naturally. I'm very lucky, and I am from this planet!

"It's a really big amount of goals, something I didn't expect but it's a reflection of the whole team, of my work as well as that of all the people who work at the club, the fans that always support us and give us this extra motivation."

The 32-year-old forward hopes to deliver many more trophies during his remaining years at Santiago Bernabeu, beginning with a successful defence of the UEFA Champions League this season.

"I'm very happy. It was a match filled with emotion, the team was phenomenal and scoring three goals made it a special night," he said. "We're one step closer to the final in Cardiff and we're really happy.

"We play for the shirt. I want to give my all to the club with the time I have left on my contract. I will try to do my best, score goals and work to ensure that Real Madrid win titles."

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