Cristiano Ronaldo rested for Genoa clash after Champions League's heroics

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 17 March 2019, 12:43 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to reach Champions League's quarterfinals (Image Credit: Twitter)
Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to reach Champions League's quarterfinals (Image Credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Juventus team will miss the duties of Cristiano Ronaldo. 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to reach Champions League's quarterfinals. 
  • Ronaldo will also be seen playing for the national side; Portugal after a gap of nine months. 

Juventus will miss the duties of striker Cristiano Ronaldo to their trip to Genoa. Cristiano Ronaldo, earlier helped Juventus reach Champions League quarter-final, netting a hat-trick in the second leg against Atletico. The Series A team, who was two down was overturned by him to help the aggregate score look 3-2 in his team's favor. The coach Massimiliano said that the team doesn't want to risk him in the next game, and in lieu of that, they have decided to rest him. He further said that before coming to this call he discussed the same with Ronaldo to which he agreed. 

"I'm leaving him at home, he had played a lot and he needs to rest. Right now it would be too risky to play him," Allegri told reporters."I don't need to convince him. We spoke about it yesterday, I explained my point regarding the fixtures between now and the (Champions League) quarterfinals and he agreed." 

Juve will take on Ajax next month after Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit against Atletico midweek and win 3-2 on aggregate. The Portuguese openly taunted the Atleti fans in the stands during the post-match celebrations, but Allegri said he was not worried about UEFA banning his star player for the clash with the resurgent Dutch side.

"Everyone celebrated differently on Tuesday, there were 42,000 fans there and we could suspend them all (based on how they behaved)," he said."We are not afraid of a suspension that will not happen." Allegri can afford to drop Ronaldo in view of the Champions League quarters thanks to the 18-point lead his unbeaten side have at the top of Serie A ahead of their match with Genoa.

Ronaldo is facing rape allegations dating from 2009. In the latest development in the case, Las Vegas police requested a DNA sample as part of their investigation. Ronaldo says he had a consensual relationship with a former model who lodged a complaint claiming she was raped at his hotel suite.

First Published: Sunday, March 17, 2019 12:41 PM
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