Turin (dpa) - Replacing him is a lese majeste equal: football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was prematurely brought down in the game of Juventus against AC Milan - much to his displeasure.
Without saluting the 34-year-old Juventus player marched visibly annoyed in the 55th minute from the square. Ronaldo was even worse: Substitute young star Paolo Dybala promptly scored the 1: 0 and led Juventus to victory in the prestigious duel in Turin.
"CR7, a fury after the change," wrote the broadcaster Sky Sport Italia. The Portuguese international had left the stadium angrily three minutes before the final whistle. Allegedly, he also used a dirty word in Portuguese. "Ronaldo angry," headlined the "Gazzetta dello Sport," stating that the world footballer has been knocked out just nine times before the final whistle of the last ten years.
It is currently not round for Ronaldo: Only last Wednesday he was substituted in the Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow because of a minor injury. The problem does not seem resolved. He is not in top shape, said coach Maurizio Sarri. "You have to thank him for making himself available, even though he is not in the best shape." His knee had caused trouble last month.
It is normal that he was angry, said Sarri Sky Sport. "It's also good to see a player annoyed about a substitution. I would be worried if it was different. »
Statements from Sarri, Italian
Report on Sky Sport