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Juventus Boss Andrea Pirlo Has Defended Cristiano Ronaldo's Record at the Club Following Champions League Exit

Arjun Singh Devgan
Andrea Pirlo has defended Cristiano Ronaldo's record at Juventus following Juventus' Champions League exit
Andrea Pirlo has defended Cristiano Ronaldo's record at Juventus following Juventus' Champions League exit / Stefano Guidi/Getty Images
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Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo has come to the defence of star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo and his record at the club following their elimination at the hands of Porto in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ronaldo was at fault for letting Sergio Oliveira's 115th minute free-kick squeeze through the wall after turning his back on the ball and lifting his leg up - an incident which lead to criticism from all quarters of the world.

Former Juventus manager, Fabio Capello hit out at Ronaldo's actions while the club's former president, Giovanni Cobolli Gigli asked for the Bianconeri to offload the 36-year-old at the end of the season.

Juventus' early exit in the Champions League has led to speculation that Ronaldo is unhappy at Turin and could decide to leave them in the summer, though Pirlo has dismissed such rumours.

"It's normal that he is disappointed, as is the whole squad. And it's normal there be rumours after an elimination. He is the most talked about footballer in the world alongside [Lionel] Messi-- people are always talking about him. It's worth reminding that he has always done well," he said in a press conference.

"He has 90 goals in a hundred games for Juventus and has always shown his worth. It can happen that he doesn't score in a certain match, as has happened with others, and this creates rumours."

Despite the criticism aimed at Ronaldo, there is no doubt that he has been brilliant in front of goal for Juventus ever since he joined them from Real Madrid in 2018, scoring 92 goals in just 121 games in all competitions so far.

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