A furious Cristiano Ronaldo left Allianz Stadium before the end of Juventus' 1-0 triumph over Milan on Sunday, having been substituted early in the second half.
The Old Lady were level at 0-0 at the time of the forward's substitution, with Paulo Dybala coming on as his replacement. The 34-year-old could not hide his frustration after his evening came to a close with 35 minutes still left to play, but Maurizio Sarri's decision proved pivotal as Dybala struck the winner as the game entered the final 15 minutes.
Ronaldo also came off early during Juventus' midweek Champions League win at Lokomotiv Moscow. The Portuguese had looked displeased on that occasion, though he appeared more vexed versus Milan as he muttered to his coach and headed straight down the tunnel.
Sky Sports Italia report that the former Real Madrid superstar did not wait for his teammates to return from the field of play. The victory they secured keeps the Bianconeri at the top of the Serie A table, a point ahead of Inter after collecting ten wins from their first 12 fixtures of the season.
Sarri has since explained the reasoning behind Ronaldo's withdrawal, revealing (as quoted by AS): "