Cristiano Ronaldo under ‘attack’ following Juventus stunning exit from the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo under ‘attack’ following Juventus stunning exit from the Champions League

- Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Juventus in 2018 to help win the Champions League

- The Portuguese striker has failed to inspire the side to reach the last eight of this season’s tournament

- Ronaldo has been blamed for being the cause of their loss to FC Porto

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Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised for being responsible for Porto’s second goal as the Portuguese club dump the Old Lady out of the Champions League.

Manager Andrea Pirlo will be upset according to former English footballer Jamie O’Hara who blamed 36-year-old Ronaldo for jumping away, letting a 30-yard-freekick go into the net leaving goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny scrambling down to his right to no avail.

Juventus were kicked out of the competition despite the Old Lady's 3-2 win in the second leg.

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The reverse fixture had ended 2-1 in favour of the Portuguese club, which means Porto go through to the next stage courtesy the away goals' rule after it ended 4-4 on aggregates.

Ronaldo and his Juve teammates failed to find a way past 38-year-old Pepe and his dogged defensive colleagues, who held on to claim a famous victory in Turin.

Jamie O’Hara watched the game for talkSPORT 2 and believes Juve boss Andrea Pirlo will be fuming with what he saw from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. O'Hara said:

“Pirlo will be livid, Ronaldo turned his back completely. It goes through his legs completely and leaves Szczęsny with no chance.
“You don’t want to see that from your top player, not in those moments. You’re relying on your wall to do a job there.”
Cristiano Ronaldo under ‘attack’ following Juventus stunning exit from the Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo blamed after Juventus exit Champions League. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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And after the game against Porto, there were questions as regards ageing Ronaldo’s future, but the club director insists he Portuguese striker still has another year on his contract.

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Juventus director Fabio Paratici to Sky Sport about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future:

“There’s still another year of contract (expiring in June 2022). Cristiano’s contract renewal is not an immediate issue on the agenda, there’s time to talk about it”.

However, earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has been in sparkling form for Juventus this season leading the Serie A scorers’ chart with 20 goals in 21 matches in the Italian topflight.

The Portuguese superstar was rested for a number of matches in the past couple of seasons, but at 36, he continues to find the back of the net with ease.

Quite a number of Juventus players are out of action due to injury or the other and club manager says Ronaldo won’t be rested for now.

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