Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Champions League goal for Juventus was an absolute stunner – but the way he celebrated it has come under fire.
Tied with Manchester United in the second half of Wednesday’s Champions League match, Ronaldo scored an incredible volley to give Juve a 1-0 lead in Turin.
But given United was the club where Ronaldo made a name for himself as a promising 18-year-old, some fans were disappointed by his antics.
Ronaldo preceded to run to the corner flag before lifting his shirt and flaunting his six-pack to the crowd – much to the dismay of many football fans, with Manchester United supporters hit the hardest:
That’s what you get when you do a stupid celebration like that Ronaldo 🤷🏼♀️
— THE POWER MUFC 🇾🇪 (@EamonnPower23) November 7, 2018
That Ronaldo celebration took him off my books too.He’s a Madrid boy whole now.
— earn from atlanta (@GunnerObotseng) November 7, 2018
Was really disappointed in Cristiano Ronaldo for that celebration.
— JOSHISKOVSKI (@joshiskovski) November 7, 2018
— Aatish Bhardwaj (@aaybeerocker) November 7, 2018
— Walid🇩🇿 (@walid_5sos) November 7, 2018
— Nicholas Mendola (@NicholasMendola) November 7, 2018
I’m actually happy that Ronaldo didn’t leave with the win after that celebration
— ᎯᏕᎿᏒᎾᎿᎻUᏁᎠᎬᏒ🐺 (@AstroEliteCohl7) November 7, 2018
Ronaldo’s cringeworthy celebration looks even worse now.
— Nicole! 2.0 (@mademetoxic) November 7, 2018
That Ronaldo celebration made me lose so much respect I had for him. Absolutely classless act.
— Tejiri Odogun (@josh_odg) November 7, 2018
Ronaldo disrespected Man U with that celebration
Mourinho disrespected Juve with that celebration
Etihad next?? 🤔
— Made In Vom (@Emac_Jay) November 7, 2018
The forward was played in by Leonardo Bonucci, and Ronaldo struck the ball first time out of the air, leaving David de Gea with no chance as Juventus surged in front following a tepid first half.
It wouldn’t be enough for the hosts to secure victory, though, as Juventus were eventually pegged back on a goal from Juan Mata in the 86th minute that levelled the score, before an own goal from Alex Sandro in the 90th minute gave Manchester United an unlikely 2-1 away win.
Ronaldo was playing in his third Champions League match for the club after previously appearing against Valencia in Spain and against Manchester United in a return to Old Trafford.
The goal ended a drought for the former Real Madrid star, who hadn’t scored on any of his last 20 Champions League shots over a span of 453 total minutes.
The goal was Ronaldo’s eighth in 14 matches with Juventus, while the forward has also contributed six assists to start his career with the Serie A club.
With the loss on Wednesday, Juventus sit on nine points through four matches while the win pushes Manchester United to second in the group with seven points.
Manchester City star awarded ‘worst penalty ever’
Manchester City’s Champions League fixture against minnows Shakhtar Donetsk was expected to be a one-sided affair.
But nothing could have prepared football fans for Manchester City being on the receiving end of perhaps one of the worst penalty decisions ever seen.
Raheem Sterling was gifted a penalty after blatantly kicking the turf as he prepared for a shot, sending him flailing to the pitch.
“Oh that’s shocking, he kicks the floor,” said the commentators.
“He kicks the floor, that’s remarkable.
“That is one of the worst penalty decisions you will ever see.”
The pacey English attacker was quickly awarded a penalty for his embarrassing attempt at a shot, despite defender Mykola Matyvenko not even being close enough to make contact.
Shakhtar Donetsk players looked on in disbelief as the referee pointed to the penalty spot, and after replays showed the obvious, they reacted.
“You know you can tell by players reactions,” the commentators continued.
“Well I thought ‘there’s not been any contact, he didn’t look close enough to make any contact’.
“It’s given Gabriel Jesus the chance, controversially, to make it 2-0 to City.”
While many called for a review of the decision, the Champions League is yet to introduce a video assistant referee (VAR) system into its competition.
It’s fair to say, social media went wild:
Raheem Sterling trips on the turf, unopposed and the referee awards a penalty kick.
THAT IS A SHOCKER! 😱 #SSFootball
— Abdikhadar hassan (@AbdikhadarH) November 7, 2018
Raheem sterling you diving blunt. At least have the decency to go to the referee and tell him it wasn't a PEN and that you tripped yourself.
— Nakalee (@odinaks) November 7, 2018
— Niv P (@NivZzz_27) November 7, 2018
Raheem Sterling could’ve stepped up to the referee that it wasn’t a Penalty
— Busayo (@busayoSoye) November 7, 2018
THAT IS A SHOCKER!
Raheem Sterling trips on the turf, unopposed and the referee awards a penalty kick. 😱
— Icem4k Football (@SSFootball_) November 7, 2018
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 7, 2018
Raheem Sterling has just won the best dive of the season!!
— Gerald Okeke (@Okeygeraldino) November 7, 2018
Sterling made amends to some extent early in the second half, scoring an incredible solo goal for Manchester City to make it 3-0.
“Magnificent from Raheem Sterling, he can maybe put the controversy behind him now because that is what he’s best at,” the commentators said.
Manchester City went on to dominate the match, running out as 6-0 victors.