Juventus talisman was taken off for Paulo Dybala for the second consecutive match by manager Maurizio Sarri. The Portuguese was substituted in the 54th minute of the encounter vs AC Milan itself and walked straight down the tunnel. Dybala, who came on for him, went on to score the only goal of the match.
There are claims that Ronaldo was substituted because of a tactical decision by the Juventus manager. However, there are also some reports claiming that he isn’t fully fit and was struggling on the pitch, something which Sarri later confirmed.
“He did everything possible to play, but I saw he was not well and thought it best to take him off. It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated to leave the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there.
“Over the last month, he has had this little knee problem, he had a knock in training and it hurt the collateral ligament. When he trains at high intensity or plays, it unbalances him, so he ends up overcompensating and it damages the calf and thigh muscles,” Sarri said after the match.
Looooool no way Cristiano Ronaldo subbed off and booed by Juve fans? Dont kill me 😭😭pic.twitter.com/ifdt1xcGAG
— Ahmed ∞ (@MessiCuIe) November 10, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has now been substituted as many times this season (2) as he was throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign.
Back-to-back withdrawals by Maurizio Sarri. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/buA3aK5iBm
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 10, 2019
Sarri substitutes Ronaldo for the 2nd time and he marches past him straight down the tunnel. Won’t end well, I suspect. Got to say, he’s a ballsy bugger is Sarri.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 10, 2019
Ronaldo off, Dybala on. Wow. Two games in a row that the no.7 hasn’t lasted 90 minutes. Very interesting.
— Adam Digby (@Adz77) November 10, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo subbed off at 54’,
leaves the pitch only giving this look to Sarri,
then says something in Portuguese towards the bench,
and run straight into locker room! pic.twitter.com/9jTxefXaa7
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 10, 2019