Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at critics after Juventus Champions League exit

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Cristiano Ronaldo took to Instagram to hit back at his critics after Juventus suffered a shock Champions League exit to Porto.

The five-time European Cup winner and his team-mates crashed out of the competition at the last-16 stage for the second season in a row this week.

And Juve's Champions League exit has thrown Ronaldo's future into doubt, amid speculation the Serie A giants may have to sell the £500,000-per-week star.

He has been linked with a move to PSG, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane fuelled transfer talk when he refused to rule out a sensational return for Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

But Ronaldo is staying focused on helping Juventus catch Serie A leaders Inter Milan and AC Milan, according to his latest Instagram post.

"More important than the number of falls you take in life, is how fast and how strong you get back on your feet… True champions never break!," wrote Ronaldo, who is Serie A's top scorer this season with 20 goals.

"Our focus is already in Cagliari, in the Serie A struggle, in the Italian Cup final and in everything that we can still achieve this season.

"It’s true that the past belongs in museums (I should say!), but fortunately, football has memory… and so do I! 

"History can’t be deleted, it’s written every single day with resilience, team spirit, persistence and lots of hard work.

"And those who don’t understand this, will never achieve glory and success #finoallafine."

Juventus have won the Serie A title for the past nine seasons, but go into Sunday's clash at Calgliari 10 points behind leaders Inter, and four behind second-placed Milan.

And former president Giovanni Cobolli says the Turin club bit off more than they could chew when they signed former Manchester United man Ronaldo from Madrid for £105million in 2018.

Speaking to Radio Punto Nuovo [via Marca] , the ex-club chief said: “Cristiano Ronaldo was a wrong purchase?

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  • “Absolutely yes! I said it from day one, showing appreciation for a great champion that he is, but he is too expensive and too conditioning.

    “It's Juventus' business to sell Ronaldo or not, but he's worth a million per goal.”

    • Champions League
    • Cristiano Ronaldo
    • Serie A
    • Juventus FC
    • Real Madrid FC
    • PSG FC

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