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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated scoring what he thought was a late winner for Juventus against Udinese on Sunday by ripping his shirt off, only for the goal to be disallowed.
The 36-year-old came off the bench to head home a superb cross from Federico Chiesa in the 95th minute with the scores level at 2-2.
After whipping his shirt off and being mobbed by his teammates, however, the goal was ruled out after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) revealed him to have been marginally offside.
To add insult to injury, he was then booked for his celebration.
According to Italian soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Ronaldo asked to be left out of the starting team for Juventus’ Serie A opener against Udinese because he wants to leave the club before the end of the transfer window.
Romano says Ronaldo “hopes to find a solution” to his future in the coming days, but that Juventus is yet to receive any official bid for the forward.
Former club Real Madrid and Manchester City are among the clubs reported to be potential destinations for Ronaldo, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that the Portuguese star was recently offered to City for a transfer fee of just $35 million.
Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved, however, said after Sunday’s match that such reports were untrue and that Ronaldo will stay in Turin for the coming season.
“We mustn’t try to create sensational stories where there aren’t any,” Nedved told DAZN.
“It was a decision shared with the player. At the start of the season, naturally he is not at top fitness. The coach is trying to use the best line-up at this moment, for example Giorgio Chiellini is also on the bench today.
“The decisions were made to be most competitive today.
“I can absolutely confirm Ronaldo will remain at Juventus this season.”
Ronaldo himself denied rumors that he will move to Real Madrid this year, following reports suggesting he would by Spanish TV. The star accused the media of disrespect over its coverage of his potential departure from Italy.
On Sunday, Paolo Dybala gave Juventus the lead against Udinese after just three minutes, before Juan Cuadrado doubled the lead with a low drive.
Roberto Pereyra pulled a goal back for the home side from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s brought down Tolgay Arslan in the box.
The hosts then equalized in dramatic fashion as another error from Szczesny gifted Gerard Deulofeu with an empty net. The Spaniard’s goal was originally ruled out, however VAR overturned the on-field decision and allowed it to stand.
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