Cristiano Ronaldo has played down his angry reaction to being substituted twice for Juventus in recent weeks, revealing that he has not been 100 per cent fit.
The former Real Madrid forward was first taken off for Paulo Dybala in the 82nd minute of a Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow on November 6.
Ronaldo was clearly frustrated as he made his way off the pitch, exchanging words with manager Maurizio Sarri before making his way to the bench.
Four days later the Portugal forward was again replaced by Dybala, this time 10 minutes into the second half, during a Serie A clash against Milan.
“For the last three weeks, I have been playing limited,” he told reporters via Record after scoring his 99th international goal in Portugal’s 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Luxembourg on Sunday. “There was no controversy, you create controversy.
“I don’t like to be replaced, but I have been playing limited for the last three weeks, I tried to help Juventus, even playing injured.
“I’m still not 100% but when it comes to sacrificing for the club or team I do it with pride because I know there were a lot of games up for grabs.
“At Juventus, Inter are putting a lot of pressure. We are two points ahead, but we can’t go easy because if they draw or lose, they overtake us and I sacrificed myself.”