Blaise Matuidi hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best in the world after he fired Juventus into the last eight.
The Serie A side overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 to secure their spot in the quarter-finals.
Ronaldo stepped up to the pate with two towering headers to level the tie before netting a late penalty to complete his hat-trick and a stunning fightback.
“It was an extraordinary performance from everyone, a really special night,” Matuidi told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are happy to have qualified for the quarter-finals, but we’ve got to keep this going and do even better. Just three weeks ago, everyone assumed we were out, so let’s go slowly before talking about the Final.
“I do think we always need to play the way we did tonight. I am very happy here, as we have many quality players, a very strong team and Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best in the world.
“He made the difference at Real Madrid last season and this time he’s with us, so that is why we believe even more.”
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand added: “He’s a living football god. It is ridiculous what he is doing.
“It is the Champions League and he has every record you can imagine. He is joint top scorer and hat-trick man with Messi.
“His first goal is like Duncan Ferguson in his prime. He attacks the ball and leaves the centre back in a heap and then says ‘this is me’. That is what you call desire.”