Cristiano Ronaldo played a crucial role in Gonzalo Higuain’s penalty miss v Juventus

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Sunday evening saw two of Italy’s biggest clubs go head-to-head at the San Siro.

AC Milan hosted league-leaders Juventus, who were looking to bounce back following their surprise 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in midweek.

Max Allegri’s side took the lead in the eighth minute when Mario Mandzukic headed home an Alex Sandro cross. No further goals were netted before half-time - although Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain spurned a glorious opportunity to level the scores before half-time.

When the Rossoneri were awarded a penalty, it was the Argentine striker who stepped up.

Higuain is, of course, currently on loan at Milan from Juventus. Most players are prohibited from playing against their parent clubs, but no such clause exists in the South American striker’s temporary contract.

Higuain stepped up but saw his penalty saved by Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, whose fantastic finger-tipped stop saw the ball rebound back off the post.

It was a wonderful save from Szczesny, who is currently trying to fill the shoes of the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.

However, footage from Eleven Sports has emerged which suggests Cristiano Ronaldo actually deserves some of the credit for Szczesny’s save.

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Why? Well, because moments before the penalty, Ronaldo was seen having a word with Szczesny - presumably telling the Polish goalkeeper which way to dive.

Watch the footage here...

Ronaldo spent four years playing alongside Higuain at Real Madrid, so knows all about his former teammate’s penalty-taking technique.

Football fans also believe that Ronaldo’s little pre-penalty chat with Szczesny led to Higuain failing to score…

We knew Ronaldo was many things - outrageously talented, a goal machine, etc - but we never knew he was also telepathic.

Higuain should have realised was his ex-teammate was up to when he had a quiet word with Szczesny and gone for something a bit different from the spot.

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Or perhaps the sight of Ronaldo in conversation with Szczesny psyched him out even more.

We all know what Higuain is like under pressure, after all.

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