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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister takes subtle dig at Juventus flops after Champions League exit


Cristiano Ronaldo failed to save Juventus from Champions League defeat against Lyon (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister attempted to console the Juventus star after he was unable to help complete his side’s comeback against Lyon in the Champions League.

The Italian champions were still expected to progress to the quarter finals, despite suffering a narrow 1-0 first leg defeat back in March, but their task was made doubly difficult when Memphis Depay dinked home an early penalty last night.

Ronaldo responded with a spot kick of his own shortly before half time and set up a pulsating finale when he scored from distance on the hour mark.

Maurizio Sarri’s side toiled hard for a winning goal but ultimately exited the competition prematurely on the away goals rule, heaping further pressure on the former Chelsea manager who is likely to be replaced this summer.

Since moving to Juventus from Real Madrid two years ago, Ronaldo has scored all seven goals his side have registered in the knockout stages and his sister Elma feels the 35-year-old needs more support from his team-mates if he is to ever add another Champions League medal to his collection.

Lyon will face Man City in the Champions League quarter finals after knocking out Juventus (Picture: Getty)

She wrote on Twitter: ‘You did better than anyone, dear brother. I’m proud to see you play and to see your dedication but unfortunately you can’t do everything alone.

‘You know that football is like that, but you also have to think that you did your best and that you are still the best.’

Juventus are said to be drawing up a list of potential candidates to replace Sarri which includes the likes of Zidnedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Simone Inzaghi, but the former Chelsea boss, who masterminded a Scudetto winning campaign, remains hopeful the axe will not fall on him.

Speaking last night, Sarri said: ‘My words were not difficult to interpret. I don’t think directors of a top level will make a decision based on one match.

‘They are going to evaluate the whole season. ‘I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors. I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything.’

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