Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be picking up a sixth Champions League trophy this season after Ajax’s 2-1 win in Turin on Tuesday night.
The Portuguese did bag his 126th goal of the competition to give the hosts the lead but Donny van Beek levelled just six minutes later before Matthijs de Ligt’s winner in the second half.
Ronaldo was clearly devastated at full-time as he headed straight for the tunnel and his mother Dolores Aveiro admits the 34-year-old was gutted.
“He was sad, he wanted to go to the final,” said Maria Dolores Aveiro as quoted by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
“He will try for the next one.
“What did he say to me? ‘Mum, I don’t work miracles…’”
The Turin club have dominated Italian football, winning Serie A for the last seven seasons, and their signing of five-times World Player of the Year Ronaldo in July was interpreted as a bold statement of their European intentions.
But those dreams were left in tatters after Juventus were beaten 2-1 at home in their quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, going out 3-2 on aggregate.
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Allegri, however, said that Juventus were “absolutely not” over-dependent on Ronaldo. “He has given us a lot over the course of the campaign, but when you reach the quarter-final, you need every player,” he said.
Instead he blamed injuries to players such as key defender Giorgio Chiellini, winger Douglas Costa and forward Mario Mandzukic, previously described by Allegri as Ronaldo’s ideal striking partner.
“It’s better to have as many options as possible, because these ties are decided by details, substitutions and options off the bench,” he said.
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