Italian press humiliate Juventus striker Ronaldo over Champions League exit saying he betrayed teammates

Italian press humiliate Juventus striker Ronaldo over Champions League exit saying he betrayed teammates

- Cristiano Ronaldo is being singled-out as responsible for Juventus' Champions League exit

- Several newspapers in Italy are claiming that the 36-year-old betrayed his teammates

- Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018 for him to help them win the coveted title

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The Italian press is upset with Cristiano Ronaldo saying he betrayed his teammates following his performance that saw Juventus get knocked out of the Champions League by FC Porto.

Ronaldo is being blamed from left, right and centre for jumping in a ‘wall’ which allowed Sergio Oliviera grabbed his second goal for Porto from a 30-yard freekick.

Porto proceeded to the quarter-final of the competition following the away goals’ rule after it had ended 4-4 on aggregates.

The first leg finished 2-1 in favour of the Portuguese side and Juve could only manage a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture meaning Porto go through will more goals away from home.

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Ronaldo was signed in 2018 from Real Madrid as the Old Lady are desperate to win the coveted Champions League, but they have failed on three consecutive seasons since the arrival of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Daily Mail reports that Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport used the headline 'Betrayed by Ronaldo' on their front page on Wednesday morning.

Gazzetta dello Sport blasted manager Andrea Pirlo and his players, branding the result as 'another Champions League disaster' for the club.

The Italian sports daily also singled out Ronaldo, saying he had 'disappointed' across the entire game, rather than just criticising him for his poor defending late on.

Gazzetta claims that the future at Juve is now 'full of uncertainty following their second consecutive exit from the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

Italian press humiliate Juventus striker over Champions League exit saying he betrayed teammates
Cristiano Ronaldo slammed over Juventus Champions League exit. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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Tuttosport were also left frustrated by the Italian giants' performance, describing the club's elimination as 'incredible'.

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They used the headline 'Juve, not like that!' on their front page, seemingly in disbelief that the Serie A giants had failed to put away a side playing with 10 men for so long.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has set a new Champions League record following his brace in their 2-2 draw with Spanish side Sevilla.

Dortmund dumped the La Liga outfit out of the tournament after the German side won 5-4 on aggregates.

The Bundesliga outfit are now through to the quarter-final of the competition, their first in four years and all thanks to main man Haaland.

The 20-year-old is now the quickest player who has ever reached 20 goals in the competition and in 10 fewer appearances than the previous record-holder Harry Kane.

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