Cristiano Ronaldo scored a perfect first half hat-trick against Cagliari on Sunday, but he was lucky to still be on the pitch before his second goal.
It hasn't been the best week in Ronaldo's history, with the Juve forward heavily criticised for his role in Porto knocking the Italian champions out of the Champions League.
As well as having a poor all round game, the five time Ballon d'Or winner was blamed for turning his back on the match winning free kick from the Portuguese side.
The 36-year-old had to endure all sorts of insults during the week but he responded in pretty perfect fashion in the first 32 minutes on Sunday.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a header from Juan Cuadrado's cross but just minutes later he may have been sent off.
The former Real Madrid forward competed for a cross with opposition goalkeeper Alessio Cragno. The Cagliari number one got to the ball first and Ronaldo merely got his studs in the Italian's face, picking up a yellow card but fortunately avoiding the red.
Tutto bene per il ritardo bianconero che si lamenta di Barella tutte le domeniche. pic.twitter.com/upJh8TIRK3- ░B░a░u░s░c░i░A░:blue_heart: (@AndreaFrey83) March 14, 2021
Wearing those colours means he was allowed something like this... should have been red card pic.twitter.com/6t9jzh5rV7- John D (@honest_johndoe) March 14, 2021
So what does RONALDO have to do for a Red card? pic.twitter.com/JrkER4a3kd- Anthony C (@TEZZY82) March 14, 2021
Juve Mafia, where is red card for Ronaldo? Lege A = shit- Marcos (@BosteroMarkos) March 14, 2021
Can't believe Ronaldo didn't get a red card for that. Wow.- Farinho (@Farinho_10) March 14, 2021
That would have been a red card for any other player.- Itam (@ekpekingsley) March 14, 2021
Serie A referees giving Ronaldo preferential treatments now?
Just 10 minutes later, Ronaldo made Cagliari pay for the fact he hadn't been sent off, when he doubled his tally from the penalty spot.
Alvaro Morata flicked the ball onto his teammate and Cragno attempted to get to the ball first but the keeper was beaten to the ball by the former Sporting winger and brought him down.
In the 32nd minute Ronald wrapped up his hat-trick by cutting in from the left to slam the ball home after a good counter attack move.
It was the perfect answer to his tough week, but it could have been a lot worse for him.
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