Cristiano Ronaldo bounced back from Champions League disappointment to smash a perfect hat-trick past Cagliari on Sunday during the opening 35 minutes.
The 36-year-old icon scored with each of his right-foot, left-foot and head to grab a perfect treble, despite drawing a blank as Juventus were beaten over two legs by Porto in Europe.
However, Ronaldo might’ve been lucky to avoid a red card for a clash with goalkeeper Alessio Cragno in which he received a yellow card for a high boot.
That incident came after the Portugal skipper had headed home in style from Juan Cuadrado's corner, after which he found the net from the spot before lashing home with his left before the break.
Regarding the aforementioned challenge, one fan tweeted: “He’s lucky his spikes didn’t take the guys jugular. That’s as clean a red card I’ve seen.”
A second added: “Lucky everyone is ok that could have ended badly.”
A third continued: “A clear red card. nothing else to say.”
With a fourth concluding: “How? This is red card 100%.”
Andrea Pirlo said of his star forward before the encounter: “It’s normal that he’s disappointed by what happened the other night, like the rest of the team.
“It’s normal to have rumours. He’s the most important figure in football and he’s always being talked about.
“But let’s remind ourselves that he’s always done well, scoring around 90 goals for Juventus, and has demonstrated his value.
“Failing to score in a match can happen, just like it can happen to others. But more of an uproar is made about him.”
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Ronaldo said on Instagram on Saturday: "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!
"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."
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