Former Manchester United player, Darren Fletcher, has stated why Cristiano Ronaldo cried after being sent off during his UEFA Champions League debut with Juventus.
The game which was against Valencia and marked his return to Spain, saw him get red carded after clashing with Jeison Murillo in the area. The controversial red card saw the 33-year-old break down in tears.
According to Fletcher who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United, the forward was crying because he’s let everyone down.
He told BBC Radio Five Live: ”Ronaldo’s not happy with him going down after the first altercation.
“He just pats him on the head after to say get up.
“Their player has reacted and Ronaldo has been sent off.
“Just knowing how much Ronaldo cares, I’ve seen it in training.
“He gets so angry and so competitive. He is forgetting it’s a group game but he has been brought in to win Juventus the Champions League.
“Maybe he thinks it’s the semi-final!
“In reflection, he’ll be a little embarrassed by it but it shows you how much he cares and how intense he is.
“He wants to impress at his new club.
“I see it as he’s passionate for the game, at his age, he feels like he’s let down his team.”
The red card means Ronaldo could miss a return to Old Trafford when Juventus face Manchester United in a Champions League showdown. This is possible if UEFA choose to extend the ban.
Recall that Ronaldo scored against United when he faced them in 2013.
Allegri speaks on Ronaldo red card
According to Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, the referee won’t have made the wrong decision had it been UEFA approved the use of VAR in the competition.
“I can only say that VAR would have helped the referee make the right decision,” Allegri said. “Mostly because it was the 29th minute in the first half in a difficult game, to find yourselves with 10 men for a red card, that was not right.
“It could have complicated the situation for us, but the guys have been very good. They played well as long as they had to, until (we were) 2-0 and then we defended with order, leaving them a few shots on goal, but nothing special.”