Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal team-mate claims he ISN’T injured… directly contradicting Maurizio Sarri’s excuse for substituting Juventus star twice in a week before he stormed off in a fury
- Cristiano Ronaldo was furious after Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri took him off
- Sarri claimed after win over AC Milan that Portuguese had suffered an injury
- But one of Ronaldo’s international team-mates has disputed this claim
- Goncalo Paciencia said: ‘I don’t have a medical degree, but he looked fine to me’
- Portugal set for crunch Euro 2020 qualifiers against Lithuania and Luxembourg
Sarri had claimed that Ronaldo is suffering from ‘an ongoing knee problem’ after taking him off early in their last two matches.
Ronaldo reacted furiously to being substituted in the 55th minute during Juve’s 1-0 win over AC Milan with reports in Italy suggesting he called his manager a ‘son of a whore’ before storming down the tunnel.
Cristiano Ronaldo pictured during Portugal’s training session in Oeiras on Tuesday
Ronaldo showed no sign of the apparent knee injury his club managed Sarri claimed he had
However, after reporting for international duty with Portugal for their concluding Euro 2020 qualifiers against Lithuania and Luxembourg, Goncalo Paciencia has insisted Ronaldo isn’t struggling with an injury.
‘I don’t have a medical degree, but he’s looked fine to me,’ forward Paciencia told the A Bola newspaper. ‘The most important thing is that he’s here because he’s the best in the world.’
Portugal need Ronaldo to be fit and ready for action as they try to secure their place at next summer’s Euro finals.
They are currently second in Group B but third-placed Serbia are just a point behind and could yet pip them to an automatic qualification place.
Ronaldo reacted furiously after Sarri substituted him early in the 1-0 win over AC Milan
It was the second time in a week Sarri had taken Ronaldo out of the action before the end
Paciencia’s comments will only heighten speculation that Ronaldo and Sarri have fallen out. Ronaldo was substituted eight minutes from time in Juve’s Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia last week.
The 34-year-old has completed the full 90 minutes in every other Serie A and Champions League match this season aside from the last two.
Ronaldo’s team-mate Goncalo Paciencia said he couldn’t see anything wrong with the star
Ronaldo also risked receiving a two-year ban due to anti-doping regulations after there were concerns that he left…