– Cristiano Ronaldo surprised everyone with his smiles after he was subbed against Inter Milan
– The former Real Madrid forward was taken off in the 70th minute of the encounter
– Meanwhile, the forward has been linked with a return to Man United this summer
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Cristiano Ronaldo was said to have worn a new attitude over the weekend after being substituted in the 70th minute of Juventus’ 3-2 win over Inter Milan.
The 36-year-old made way for Spanish forward Alvaro Morata for the remaining part of the crucial meeting at the Allianz Stadium.
According to the Old Lady boss Andrea Pirlo, the five-time Ballon d’ Or winner was all smiles in the dressing room after the meeting.
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The five-time Champions League winner opened the scoring for the Turin-based club through a rebound in the 24th minute after his earlier penalty kick was saved by Inter goalkeeper.
Romelu Lukaku leveled parity for the visitors via the spot but two superb goals from Juan Cuadrado sealed the crucial win for the hosts.
However, his angry reactions in the past whenever he was removed in a game made this very one a big deal. Pirlo told Sky Italia after the game as reported by SunSport, saying:
“I think it was the first time he was happy to be subbed off. We were one man down, and he’d have been chasing shadows. He was happy and smiling in the dressing room.”
Meanwhile, there are indications that the 36-year-old will walk away from his contract at Juventus if they fail to qualify for Champions League next season.
With just one more game to go this campaign, they sit fifth on the table with 75 points – one point behind AC Milan who travel to Atalanta on final day on Sunday, May 23rd.
. earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has been urged to return to Manchester United in a bid to rediscover his form after a disappointing season with Juventus.
Despite topping the top scorers’ chart in Italy this season, the Old Lady are struggling to qualify for the Champions League under his watch.
And this means the five-time Ballon d’Or winner may be playing in the Europa League next season if things end with Juve in the fifth position on the log this term.