After qualifying his country for the fifth consecutive European Competition, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave the joy of the international break where he had four goals in two matches for Portugal and return to Italy where he has been having a torrid time.
The winger has downplayed his alleged angry reactions to being substituted twice at Juventus in recent weeks.
He explained that he had not been 100 per cent fit and fought to play in those matches
The former Real Madrid star was first taken off for Paulo Dybala in the 82nd minute of a Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow on November 6, and on his way off the pitch, he exchanged words with manager, Maurizio Sarri, before making his way to the bench.
Four days later, the 34-year-old played but had a terrible game and was replaced by Dybala. This time, 10 minutes into the second half, Ronaldo was clearly frustrated as he made his way into the dugout directly and did not sit out the rest of the match.
“For the last three weeks, I have been playing limitedly. There was no controversy, you create controversy.
“I don't like to be replaced, but I have been playing limited for the last three weeks, I tried to help Juventus, even playing injured.”
“I'm still not 100% but when it comes to sacrificing for the club or team I do it with pride because I know there were a lot of games up for grabs.”
“At Juventus, Inter are putting a lot of pressure. We are two points ahead, but we can't go easy because if we draw or lose, they overtake us and I sacrificed myself,” he told reporters after scoring his 99th international goal in Portugal’s 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Luxembourg on Sunday.