It was the second game in a row in which he had been substituted, and as he left the pitch, the 34-year-old stormed past Sarri and straight down the tunnel.
Whoa,— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 10, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo subbed off at 54’,
leaves the pitch only giving this look to Sarri,
then says something in Portuguese towards the bench,
and run straight into locker room! pic.twitter.com/9jTxefXaa7
Sky Sports Italia reported that the 34-year-old was 'irritated' at being taken off and left the stadium before the end. Ronaldo again struggled because of a lingering knee injury and was replaced by Paulo Dybala - who went on to score the winner.
As he walked past Sarri, the Portuguese forward muttered something to the former Chelsea boss before walking straight down the tunnel. However, the Italian said he did not know whether Ronaldo had left the stadium early.
“Disrespectful to his teammates? Like I said, I don’t know. If it’s true that he left before the end it is a problem to be resolved with his teammates,” he said, as per Goal.
“I have no problem with Cristiano, he should be thanked because he made himself available despite not being in the best condition. In the last month he has had discomfort in his knee and this is a little problem for him,” the former Chelsea and Napoli head coach added.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now been substituted as many times this season (2) as he was throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 10, 2019
Back-to-back withdrawals by Maurizio Sarri. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/buA3aK5iBm
“The important thing is that he made himself available. If he gets angry when he comes out this is part of the game. It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated about leaving the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there," continued the Juventus coach.
“All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would, in general, be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.”