Why did Ronaldo not start yesterday vs Udinese? Serie A gameweek 1
Cristiano Ronaldo is always amongst the headlines. The Portuguese superstar is the most popular figure in sports history and it will make news when he does play a game especially when fit. And Alley Sport helps you unearth the answer to the question, Why did Ronaldo not start yesterday vs Udinese?
Why did Ronaldo not start yesterday vs Udinese
Juventus took on Udinese in their first Serie A match of the new season. After having lost the title for the first time in 9 years, with Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan winning the trophy last year, Juventus would have wanted to get the season up and running with a big win.
For that, the club would require its very best players in their starting XI. But fans were shocked to see when Ronaldo was left on the bench. That is exactly what happened in the last game of the previous Serie A campaign, when Andrea Pirlo left the former Real Madrid star out of his starting XI.
With rumours going around regarding Ronaldo switching clubs, especially linking him with a move to Manchester City- a club where Jorge Mendes is trying to get Ronaldo to join- fans were fearing the worst. As it turns out, it’s not a fitness issue or an injury to the Portuguese great.
We may have the answer to Why did Ronaldo not start yesterday vs Udinese?
As it turns out, via reliable reports coming out of Italy, Ronaldo asked to be left out of the bench. That is highly uncharacteristic of him. The 2016 UEFA Euro winner is known for his work ethic and everyone knows he always wants to be on the pitch to score and get his name on the scoresheet.
However, Ronaldo asked to benched as his focus remains on find his next club. While Juventus have officially received no bids yet, it is hard to imagine that clubs don’t come in for the superstar. Maybe this was Ronaldo’s way of grabbing the attention of potential suitors and his way of telling them ‘come get me’.
Udinese went on to hold Juve to a 2-2 draw. Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado fired the club 2 goals in front but their opponents scored twice in the second half to rescue the game. Ronaldo, whose contract at the Allianz Stadium expires in 2022, came on the pitch in the 60th minute to replace Alvaro Morata.
He nearly wrote himself into every newspaper’s headlines for another reason as he scored a 96th-minute winner to make the scoreline 3-2. He was even yellow-carded for taking his shirt off, but as it turned out, the goal was ruled out for offside. This may well be his last appearance for the Old Lady.
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