Cristiano Ronaldo made an impact at both ends of the pitch in Juventus’ 2-0 win against AC Milan on Sunday.
The 33-year-old scored Juve’s second goal of the match as the Old Lady made it 11 wins from 12 in Serie A.
His goal arrived after he had played a part in Gonzalo Higuain’s miss from the penalty spot.
Juventus took an early lead through Mario Mandzukic but AC Milan earned the chance to level the scores just before half-time.
But Higuain’s effort was turned onto the post by Wojciech Szczesny.
It was a hugely important moment in the match - and one that Ronaldo wanted to get involved in.
The Portuguese forward approached Szczesny just before the penalty was taken and whispered something to him.
Ronaldo's message to Szczesny
Ronaldo, a former teammate of Higuain’s, was offering the Polish goalkeeper some advice.
And Szczesny has now revealed what Ronaldo said to him.
“We know each other well. I know that Higuain tends to take his penalties hard and low, so I was fortunate that it went well," Szczesny told Sky Sport Italia, per the Mirror.
"Ronaldo told me to go early, because Pipita [Higuain] tends to take powerful penalties, but then I already knew that…
"We scored early, lowered the tempo and controlled the game, which is what we wanted to do."
So Ronaldo didn’t tell Szczesny which way to dive. Instead, his advice was to leave his line early.
And it worked. The Juventus ‘keeper committed to his right and got a slight touch to Higuain’s effort.
Things would get worse for the Argentinian striker. He received two yellow cards in a matter of seconds in the second half for abusing the referee.
Higuain completely lost control and left the pitch in tears.
Ronaldo attempted to calm the former Real Madrid striker down, saying after the match: “He didn’t do much, he was irritable at losing the game, that’s understandable and I hope he is not punished too severely.”News Now - Sport News