Cristiano Ronaldo is the name on every football fan’s lips after his shock red card while playing for Juventus against Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who scored his first two competitive goals for Juve against Sassuolo last weekend, was sent off by German referee Felix Brych following an off-the-ball incident with Jeison Murillo.
Ronaldo pleaded his innocence, although replays showed he had tugged at the hair of his Colombian opponent.
The Portuguese superstar, furious and bemused by Brych’s decision, left the Mestalla pitch in tears.
He was clearly convinced that his actions were not worthy of a straight red card.
Ronaldo will now Juve’s next Champions League match against Young Boys and could be ruled out of both games against Manchester United depending on UEFA’s review of the incident.
The decision to punish Ronaldo with a red card has split opinion. While some people can see why Brych sent the 33-year-old off, others feel it was extremely harsh.
Theo Hernandez tweets after seeing Ronaldo’s red card
Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Theo Hernandez made it clear on Twitter that he falls into the latter category.
“The expulsion of @Cristiano is lamentable,” Hernandez tweeted, before adding: “SHAMEFUL”.
The 20-year-old, who is currently on loan at Real Sociedad, made his feelings crystal clear.
He clearly believes that the decision to send off Ronaldo was disgraceful.
Watch the incident here…
Hernandez will certainly be in Ronaldo’s good books now, not only for this tweet but also for comments he made over the weekend.
When asked who the best player in the world is, the France Under-20 international was quoted by Goal as saying: “Messi? For me, although he has left Real Madrid, I think the best is Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Ronaldo will be praying that his latest red card doesn’t affect his chances of winning a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or award later this year.
He is still the 1/2 favourite with the bookmakers, although his former Madrid teammate Luka Modric is now close behind him at 2/1.
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