Ronaldo was seen throwing his Juventus jersey to the ground following the full-time whistle. However, Pirlo later clarified that the Portugal international’s frustration was a result of him failing to get on the scoresheet.
Ronaldo made the switch from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer of 2018. The Portuguese forward has regularly found the back of the net during his spell in Turin.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 97 goals across all competitions for Juventus. This season, Ronaldo has continued his prolific scoring streak, netting 25 Serie A goals in just 27 appearances.
Ronaldo has scored more Serie A goals than any other player since he made his debut in the competition (76).
No other Juventus player has scored more than 18 in that time. pic.twitter.com/w2v0NMRfg3
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 4, 2021
On Sunday, Pirlo’s side faced off against Genoa in the league. While Juventus managed to secure a 3-1 victory on the day, Ronaldo was unable to add to his goals tally.
After the full-time whistle, the 36-year-old was seen throwing his shirt to the ground before heading down the tunnel. However, a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Ronaldo was giving his jersey to a ball boy who had requested it.
The same report also claimed that Ronaldo’s decision to throw the shirt “angered the (Juventus) fans” who viewed the gesture as a “lack of respect”.
Pirlo on Ronaldo.
Pirlo, speaking after the game, revealed the reason behind Ronaldo’s frustration.
“He was angry because he didn’t manage to score,” Pirlo said.
“It’s normal that someone like him always wants to improve. I don’t think he will be fined, it can happen to have moments of nervousness.”
Ronaldo’s future with Juventus has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks.
The Portugal captain’s current contract expires in June 2022 and he has been reportedly linked with a move to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.