​​Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as 'an animal in front of goal' ahead of his side's ​​UEFA Champions League ​clash against ​Juventus.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the second leg of the coveted European tournament's last-16 to knock Atletico Madrid out six months ago and Simeone has spoken about about the difficulty in facing the Portuguese maestro.

As reported by ​AS, ahead of their clash at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday, Simeone spoke to the media and said, "It's hard to prepare something against a player like him."

Terming Ronaldo an animal, Simeone continued, "He is a goal scoring animal with a tremendous record. Anything that can happen near the area is danger. He has aerial game, long shot and we have to win and lose against him, but obviously he is an animal in front of the goal.”

Furthermore, the Atletico boss was also questioned about his controversial 'cojones' celebration which Ronaldo replicated too last season and he said the whole issue regarding that incident has been resolve.

Simeone said, "It has all been resolved. When Cristiano made the same gesture I imagine he felt the same as me."

Ronaldo has scored 25 goals in 33 games against Diego Simeone’s Atletico till date, and will definitely be looking to add more to that tally on his return to Madrid on Wednesday night.