Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted in the last two games well before the full time whistle. In the game against AC Milan, he even showed clear dissatisfaction over being substituted very early into the second half at a stage where the game was crying for a goal.

He later played for Portugal in the Euro qualifiers and scored four goals in two games. After his recent game against Luxemborg, Ronaldo, talking to the reporters, conceded that he does not like being substituted, but he also said that he was not fully fit in those matches.

“In the last three weeks, I have been playing despite not being fully fit. I don’t like to be substituted, but I have been playing despite not being fully fit and I tried to help Juventus,” he said as per Marca. “I understand the substitutions, as I wasn’t 100 percent. In these two games with Portugal I wasn’t at 100 per cent either.

“In my career, I never had serious injuries, as I usually do between 50 and 60 games, but I am having some discomfort that prevent me from being at 100 percent. Someone should have said something, especially the coach or myself, but you know I don’t usually talk to the press a lot. But I am very proud to sacrifice myself for the national team or for my club.”

In the ongoing international Ronaldo powered Portugal to qualification for the Euro 2020 with a hat trick against Lithuania and a goal against Luxemborg.

“The target was to be in the Euros and we have achieved it,” Ronaldo said.“But the fact that we won in 2016 doesn’t mean that we are favourites. We are a team who are difficult to beat, but other sides are the favourites.”

“I am very happy to play in my fifth European Championship.”