Whether injured or out of form, Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed off for Paulo Dybala in Juventus' 1-0 win against AC Milan and walked straight down the tunnel before his replacement scores the winner and the talismanic forward left the stadium before the final whistle.
was substituted for the second game in a row while the score was still level. Since establishing himself as one of the world’s best with Manchester United,
has always been the key man in the team, first with Real Madrid and now at Juventus.
It has made
’s substitution one of the rarest sights in football and on the odd occasion that it happens, he’s rarely happy
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even as he enters the latter stages of his career.
Juventus stayed top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over AC Milan after
's replacement Dybala scored in the 77th minute with a goal that the Portuguese would have been proud of.
After a quick exchange of passes, the Argentine twisted past Alessio Romagnoli and beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with a right-foot shot.
was taken off in the 55th minute, his earliest substitution since he joined
at the start of last season and the first time he has been replaced twice in succession.
Despite producing a lackluster display,
gave Coach Maurizio Sarri a dirty look
, muttered something under his breath and walked straight down the tunnel.
It was reported that
left the stadium before the game had even finished.
also looked unhappy after being taken off during Wednesday'sChampions League
match at Lokomotiv Moscow, although Sarri said it was to avoid risking injury as the 34-year-old had complained of knee and thigh problems.
, chasing a ninth straight Serie A title and unbeaten in all competitions under Sarri, who took over before the season started, moved to 32 points, a point ahead of Inter Milan who went top after a 2-1 home win over Verona on Saturday.
Milan's problems continued as they were left down in 14th place on 13 points after their ninth successive away defeat to Juve in Serie A.
But they gave improved performance and had the better chances in the first half.
Misfiring striker Krzysztof Piatek headed wide from an unmarked position and Lucas Paqueta's looping header forced Wojciech Szczesny into a difficult save.
Hakan Calhanoglu also tested Szczesny in the second half with a free-kick before Dybala's moment of brilliance settled the match. The Argentine nearly struck again in stoppage time but was denied by Donnarumma.
And according to former Italian footballer Antonio Cassano, if
did indeed leave the
stadium before the end of proceedings, he could be hit with a substantial ban.
“Did he leave before the end of the game?” Cassano said.
“You can’t do that because there is an anti-doping control.”
Cassano recalled a time when he had to rush back to the stadium in order to avoid a ban of his own.
“I had to go back to the stadium urgently to avoid a two-year ban,” he said.
It remains to be seen if the Italian football authorities will take such a big call on
, but tensions certainly are high when it comes to the Portuguese superstar.
had a brilliant relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson during his six years at Old Trafford, but he clearly didn’t agree with the manager’s decision to substitute him in the Manchester derby in 2009.
The winger was seen snatching his tracksuit from the assistant kit man before throwing it to the ground and looking upset on the bench.
Former United striker Dwight Yorke said: “When you look at what is happening at United — going for the title and in the Champions League final — everything is great.
“Then you get someone behaving like that. To throw away his tracksuit top and huff and puff is uncalled for and out of order, there is no need.”
only made three more appearances for the Red Devils before joining Real Madrid for £80million that summer.
With Real Madrid beating Las Palmas 2-1 in 2017, Zinedine Zidane made the surprise decision to replace
with Lucas Vazquez in the 72nd minute.
The forward was clearly unhappy with the decision because he refused to make eye contact with the coach before throwing his wrist bandage on the floor.
Spanish TV reported that the angry
said: “Why me? I do everything to make it 2-1!”
However, his anger may have been justified as with Ronaldo on the bench, Las Palmas grabbed a late equalizer.
took his frustration out on the cameraman after being substituted during Madrid’s game against Levante in 2018.
Zidane’s side were 2-1 up when the then-32-year-old was replaced by Marco Asensio with eight minutes remaining. As he made his way to the bench,
refused to acknowledge Zidane, but he noticed that a cameraman was filming his reaction.
The superstar could be seen saying: “Focus on the game. Don’t film me, show the match.”
Yet again, Zidane was left regretting his decision after Levante scored an equalizer in the 89th minute.
chasing a winner against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League, Maurizio Sarri made the bold decision to withdraw
in the 81st minute
wasn’t impressed as he marched straight past his boss while muttering to himself, but the
manager denied the 35-year-old was angry with him.
was angry because he’s not okay. He’s had a niggle in his knee for the past few days, which is overloading his thigh, which tires out too much,” Sarri commented in an interview.
has recently struggled to reach his usual heights for
, and he was substituted for the second time in a week against Milan.
With the game level at 0-0, Sarri replaced
with Paulo Dybala in the 55th minute and the Argentine went on to score the winner for
was clearly annoyed as he headed straight down the tunnel and it was later reported that he left the ground three minutes before full-time. That’s one way to beat the traffic.
After the game, Sarri revealed that
was playing with a knee injury and that it was commendable that he played at all during the match.
“He should be thanked because he made himself available despite not being in optimal conditions,” the former Chelsea manager said.
“In the last month he has had this discomfort in his knee and this is a little problem for him.”
"There is no problem with Cristiano, and I thank him because he has played while not in perfect condition," he told reporters.
"The important thing is that he makes himself available. He gets angry when he is taken off but that is part of the game.
"It (his condition) is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment. All players who are trying to give their best will have to be annoyed for at least five minutes when they are substituted."