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Bruno Fernandes Defends Cristiano Ronaldo After Juventus' Champions League Exit to Porto

By Amreen
Bruno Fernandes has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus' loss to Porto
Bruno Fernandes has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus' loss to Porto / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes has backed Cristiano Ronaldo after he was blamed for Juventus' Champions League defeat to Porto earlier this week. Andrea Pirlo's men were dumped out of the competition on away goals by a 10-man Porto side, with Ronaldo unable to inspire his side to victory.

The Portugal captain was also heavily criticised for "turning his back" on Sergio Oliveira's free kick, which ended up being the winning goal that sent Porto into the quarter-finals. Ronaldo was also slammed by former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, who claimed that the club had "made a mistake" by buying him.

However, Manchester United star Fernandes believes his international teammate shouldn't be the only one taking all the responsibility and that every Juventus player must take the blame. "Ronaldo? Cristiano is one of the greats in the history of football," Fernandes told Gazetta dello Sport.

Bruno added, "His (Ronaldo's) mentality inspires those who practice this sport. He has won a lot, but no one can win alone. I understand that his presence in Juve had created enormous expectations for the Champions League, but when a team loses, they lose as an entire squad, not a single player."

Ronaldo was signed from Real Madrid in 2018 with the hope of leading Juventus to Champions League glory. But the Serie A giants have failed to lift the coveted trophy in the three seasons Ronaldo has been at the club.

Fernandes added he wasn't surprised that Porto beat Andrea Pirlo's side despite playing with only 10 men. He said as he concluded, "I'm not surprised - Porto has a winning mentality, plays aggressive football and I expected them to create problems for Juventus."