Ex-Juventus star Luca Toni has questioned Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude to throwing the club’s shirt on the ground last weekend.
At the end of an important 3-1 win over Genoa that moved the old lady within 12 points of Serie A leaders Inter Milan, the Portuguese didn’t stay on the pitch to celebrate with his teammates.
The sacred Bianconeri jersey was also stripped and thrown to the ground at Allianz Stadium, and while the five-time Ballon d’Or winner claimed it was a gift for the ballboy, Toni was far from impressed.
“He’s very important to Juventus,” the Italian World Cup hero began in 2006 for the local newspaper Tuttosport.
“He’s the top scorer, he’s achieved a lot. But I am not impressed with his attitude towards the group. I think back to the time I played, “said Toni.
“I was very selfish and if I didn’t score I would still stay on the pitch to celebrate. I endured the disappointment.
“Regardless of whether it was a coincidence or not, you don’t throw the jersey. Sometimes a great champion has to set a good example,” Toni insisted.
In his defense, coach Andrea Pirlo – a former teammate of Toni in the national team and for Juve – had said: “It’s normal that he wanted to score, especially because the game went a certain way.
“It’s part of the mindset of champions who always want to leave their mark.”
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However, this isn’t the first time in the past few months that the 36-year-old’s attitude has been called into question.
After the former soccer player and compatriot Fernando Meira threw the captain’s armband after a dubious incident on the goal line during a World Cup qualifier against Serbia, he also fell on CR7.
“It’s clearly a target, but Ronaldo can’t throw the armband on the ground like that,” said Meira.
“Cristiano’s reaction is natural but unacceptable from the national team captain. You can’t throw the armband on the floor and go to the dressing room while the game is still on,” he added.
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“It’s not acceptable behavior for a player of his stature. I understand his frustration and I agree with him because his goal should have counted, but the referees have to make a decision without a VAR and he has to set an example. The example he is Last night wasn’t good enough, “concluded Meira in an uproar that eventually led to the superstar’s sister.
Katia Aveiro described the media in her home country as “manipulative and blind”.
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