Cristiano Ronaldo dissolved into a puddle of tears last night after receiving his marching orders in his debut for Juventus in the Champions League.
The Portuguese forward was shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident in the first half
It was his first ever red card in the Champions League in his career and it was clear to everyone that the striker was unhappy with it
As with every controversial decision, it has caused a big reaction as many were of the opinion that it wasn’t a red card and that it must be appealed.
It was extra frustrating for Ronaldo as he had just opened his account for Juventus on Saturday, scoring twice against Sassuolo and was hoping to continue with his form.
Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro was distressed by the decision and took to Instagram to condemn the red card. She said, “Football’s shame… justice will be served,”
“They want to destroy my brother but God never rests. Shameful.”
There were other reactions, with some saying that Messi would have gotten away with it
Saleemk7a7n said: “Messi threatens the Referee & tries to push him. No card. Ronaldo nudges the hair of opponent player. Referee gives the Red Card. Double Standards at his Best 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻”
Messi threatens the Referee & tries to push him. No card.
Ronaldo nudges the hair of opponent player. Referee gives the Red Card.
Double Standards at his Best 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/rZYFO6ma3Q
— Saleemk7a7n (@saleemk7a7n) September 19, 2018
There were some who felt that the red card was deserved and that Ronaldo pulled at the defender’s hair, as Super_Maikel said: “People are blind.. Just stupidity from fanboys”
People are blind.. Just stupidity from fanboys pic.twitter.com/xNrySYJWCD
— Super_Maikel (@SuperMaikel1) September 19, 2018
You can check out more reactions below
— Adam Digby (@Adz77) September 19, 2018
Just woken up to the results from last night…..Man Utd no surprise playing against Young Boys and regards Ronaldo red card it was harsh IMO but he did kick him: pic.twitter.com/i6njM8v9Qj
— Joe Morrison (@joefooty) September 20, 2018
I think the refs owes Ronaldo An Apology
— JValsin (@jeffvalsin) September 20, 2018
Ronaldo combs a guys hair, gets a red card.
— Patrick Gullaci (@pgullaci) September 20, 2018
You guys need to stop favoring @Cristiano. He messed up. It’s a red. He should have known. The head Referee of the game is known for being harsh for fouls. You can’t pretend that what Ronaldo did wasn’t a flagrant foul to the player. He purposely clawed a mans head.
— Master Idiot (@MasterIdiot1) September 19, 2018
How’s this not a red card but when Ronaldo touches another players hair he gets a red card 😂 these refs are ruining the game 😑 pic.twitter.com/Hailbkc393
— Salar Samimi (@soccerking4u) September 20, 2018
It’s official. If anyone thinks the touching of hair with zero force is a red card then it’s either you’ve never ever watched football or the game isn’t meant for you. This shouldn’t even be about if you love ronaldo or Messi or not or whatever. #JusticeForCr7 #tannatalkssoccer
— tannatalkssoccer (@tannatalksoccer) September 20, 2018
Juventus did just fine without Ronaldo, however, as they went on to score two goals to get three points from their first game and are in good stead to face off against manchester United on Matchday 2, a game that the Portuguese might miss due to this suspension.
manchester United, meanwhile, ran out 3-0 winners against Swiss side Young Boys with two Paul Pogba goals and one from Anthony Martial.