Cristiano Ronaldo has explained his hand gesture that infuriated Atletico Madrid fans during Juventus's Champions League draw with the Spanish side.

After missing a chance of a late winner against Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitano, Juventus star Ronaldo could be seen making what looked like a mocking gesture towards the home side's fans.

Ronaldo caused controversy with hand gestures directed at Atleti fans in the Champions League last season, and is no stranger to a hostile reception at their home ground having starred with local rivals Real Madrid for nine years.

And on Wednesday night CR7 had them riled again after coming within inches of a last-gasp winner for Juventus.

The Serie A champions led 2-0 in their Champions League opener but Atleti mounted a fine comeback to secure a 2-2 draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo makes a hand gesture to Atleti fans after almost scoring a winner
The gesture angered fans before Ronaldo explained it after the match

Juventus took the lead through a curler from former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado before a header from French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi made it 2-0.

But the Madrid side fought back, inspired by Stefan Savic's header inside the six-yard area, before Herrera struck from a late corner to ensure the points were shared.

Ronaldo had an unusually quiet game after his hat-trick against the same opposition in last year's competition - although he almost grabbing a last-gasp winner when he sent a shot just past the far post.

Hector Herrera equalises to secure a point for Atletico

It was after that miss that he made the gesture that offended Atleti supporters.

While Spanish media took Ronaldo's gesture to be a mocking reference to home fans' supposed fear of the five-times Ballon d'Or winner, after the match CR7 moved to calm the storm.

He said the gesture simply meant, "learn, you have to learn".

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Last season, Ronaldo angered Atleti fans when he made a point of reminding locals he has won five Champions League titles after receiving a barrage of abuse during and after Juventus ' 2-0 last-16 defeat at Wanda Metropolitano.

Then, he was fined €20,000 (£17,373) for another gesture after scoring a hat-trick in the return leg.

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.