Fabio Capello has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo following his angry reaction to being substituted in Juventus’ 1-0 victory over AC Milan at the weekend.
The former Manchester United winger was substituted in the 55th minute of the match, which Maurizio Sarri has claimed was down to an injury.
Ronaldo failed to make an impact in the match, and his replacement Paulo Dybala popped up with the winner in the closing stages of the encounter.
Following his substitution, the 34-year-old reportedly left the Allianz Stadium before the match had even finished.
Capello, the former England and Juventus manager, wasn’t impressed with Ronaldo’s reaction and has questioned his ability on the ball.
“I didn’t like this, it wasn’t nice,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “He must be a champion even when he comes off the pitch.
“The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t dribbled [past] an opponent for three years. I did the La Liga commentary when he usually took the double step and left you there.
“Inside him is a super-champion, the best of all, but now there is Dybala and Douglas Costa, who made two sensational goals. Dybala in excellent condition can make the difference, as can Douglas Costa.
“They win games without Ronaldo. Juve seemed dependent on him, instead the great squad and the quality of the players helps them win anyway.
Capello also praised Maurizio Sarri for showing the ‘courage’ to haul the former Real Madrid star off the pitch.
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He continued: “Bravo Sarri, who had the courage to take him off, it takes personality, especially thinking that all the players in the squad can play and make a difference.
“Cristiano did it for a while, but now it’s not him and he must recover – especially on a physical level. He does not have the speed and dynamism he has shown at other times.”
After the game, Sarri praised Ronaldo for playing through his injury problems.
“We must thank Ronaldo, because he made a sacrifice to be there at all tonight in a difficult situation,” Sarri said.
“He did everything possible to play, but I saw he was not well and thought it best to take him off. It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated to leave the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there.”