- Cristiano Ronaldo was silent while Juventus suffered a 2-1 defeat to Porto
- The winger made attempts to have the referee award him a penalty but the official looked away
- Former Italian striker Cassano has however blasted Ronaldo for his selfish attitude on the pitch
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Cristiano Ronaldo is having difficulties adapting to Andrea Pirlo's tactics at Juventus claims Italian legend, Antonio Cassano.
The 36-year-old watched as the Old Lady extend their winless run to three games in all competitions after their 2-1 defeat to FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League rounds of 16 game on Wednesday, February 17.
Having failed to find the back of the net, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was spotted lamenting to the referee for denying him a penalty call in the last minute of the encounter at the Estadio do Dragao.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese forward has only scored four goals in five appearances so far this season and the 38-year-old believes Ronaldo is selfish.
The retired footballer also lashed out at the five-time Champions League winner for his individualism and believes the situation under Pirlo is deteriorating. Cassano told Bobo TV and reported by was Daily Mail:
"I have always said, considering that he's a phenomenon and has scored a billion goals, that it could be difficult with Andrea Pirlo's idea of football.
"He scores a goal per game, it's true, but struggles with the ideas of Andrea. He has always been a bit selfish, he doesn't care about others scoring goals, he's the kind of player who lives to score.
"He doesn't live for the play, the great match, he lives for the goal and at this moment, the situation is getting worse.
"Years go by for everyone and he is having difficulties. Juventus are trying to change their ideas and play a different type of football, due to the qualities of Ronaldo."
Juventus host the Portugal club in the second leg of their crunch clash at the Allianz Stadium next month.
Legit.ng earlier reported that youngsters Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland seem to have taken over forcefully from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The two players scored a hattrick to inspire their respective clubs to triumph in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 encounters earlier this week.
Stats reveal that both stars have now recorded 28 UCL goals since the 2019-20 season compared to the 15 goals scored by Lionel Messi and his bitter rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the same period.
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