Cristiano Ronaldo has already left his mark on Serie A - although not quite the way he would have liked.
The Portuguese superstar failed to score on his Juventus debut as the Old Lady edged past Chievo 3-2.
But just because he didn’t score, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t causing Chievo’s goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino a headache. Literally.
Ronaldo clashed with the goalkeeper in the closing minutes of the match with the scores at 2-2.
It left Sorrentino temporarily unconscious and it’s since been revealed that he suffered a fractured nose, bruising to the shoulder and whiplash.
Chievo released the following statement on Sunday morning: “Chievo Verona announce that Stefano Sorrentino suffered a fractured nose, bruising to the left shoulder and whiplash.
“The nasal fracture was reduced at the A&E of the Borgo Trento Hospital, where Sorrentino was taken for tests after the match.
“The Gialloblu goalkeeper has been released from the hospital after a necessary period of observation.”
But at the time, some thought that Sorrentino was merely time-wasting as Chievo looked to hold Juventus to a memorable draw.
Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala certainly thought so.
With Sorrentino down injured, the two Juve players appeared to celebrate with Chiellini far more worried about making a point to the referee about time-wasting, rather than worrying about the health of his opponent.
Seconds after Sorrentino had been knocked out by Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic headed the ball across the line. While goalline technology ruled the ball to have crossed the line, the ref disallowed the goal due to the foul by Ronaldo.
Chiellini and Dybala clearly didn’t think the ‘keeper’s injury was genuine and showed a shocking lack of respect by prematurely celebrating their goal while everyone else surrounded the unconscious Sorrentino.
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It’s something that many football fans have picked up on and are rightly rather angry.
Dybala has since apologised on an Instagram comment by saying that he was in the wrong.
No word from Chiellini yet, though - although it was the defender who called the Chievo medical team onto the pitch in the first place.
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