Juventus shares soar as investors cheer Ronaldo hat-trick

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick with Emre Can. (Reuters pic)

LONDON/MILAN: Juventus shares soared more than 20% on Wednesday after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to overturn a two-goal deficit and defeat Atletico Madrid in a key Champions League match.

The victory on Tuesday night put the Turin-based club through to the quarterfinals of the competition, qualifying the Italian champions for about 10.5 million euros (US$11.9 million) in additional payments.

The cash would be on top of the 9.5 million euros the Italian club received for reaching the last 16.

At 0940 GMT, the shares were up 16% topping the leader board on the Milan bourse after hitting their highest since late January in early trading.

The shares were on track for their best day since Oct 2013.

“Considering the amount they gain by qualifying for the next round against the odds, it is quite fair,” said a trader.

“Plus looking forward, the only obstacle for them might be Barcelona (if they do qualify) or possibly Man City, the other clubs aren’t that great.”

Juventus are controlled by Exor, the investment holding of Italy’s Agnelli family, which owns nearly 64% of the soccer team.

English clubs Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have reached the last eight of the Champions League, along with Ajax Amsterdam and Porto.

The winners of Wednesday night’s ties between Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais, and Bayern Munich and Liverpool will complete the line-up.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League takes place on Friday.