Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly left the Allianz Stadium during the match between Juventus and Milan, after being substituted for the second match in a week. Juve won 1-0 in the Serie A contest.
Paulo Dybala was brought in place of Ronaldo on 55 minutes with the Argentina striker going on to score the winning goal at 77 minute of the match, to keep Juventus top in Serie A.
Ronaldo looked glum as he came off and directed some words at his coach, Maurizio Sarri, before heading to the changing rooms. Sky Sport Italia reported that the 34-year-old former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward had left the stadium three minutes before the match finished.
However Sarri said he did not know whether Ronaldo, who joined Juve from Madrid in a surprise move in the summer of last year for £88m, had left the stadium early. “Disrespectful to his teammates? Like I said, I don’t know,” Sarri said. “If it’s true that he left before the end it is a problem to be resolved with his teammates.”
Ronaldo had reacted furiously after being substituted in his team’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Moscow midweek which saw Juventus advance to the Champions League last 16.
“I have no problem with Cristiano, he should be thanked because he made himself available despite not being in the best condition,” said Maurizio Sarri, the former Chelsea and Napoli manager. “In the last month he has had discomfort in his knee and this is a little problem for him.”
“The important thing is that he made himself available. If he gets angry when he comes out this is part of the game,” continued the Juventus coach. “It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated about leaving the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there.
“All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would in general be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.”
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Twitter trolled Ronaldo badly
Some tweets badly trolled the substitution. But it is not new to Cristiano Ronaldo. Hope he did not have much to worry about and we can see old Cristiano within couple of weeks.