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A clip of Cristiano Ronaldo chatting to Pepe during Juventus vs. Porto has surfaced online and it looks very awkward now.
Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto who secured a dramatic victory to book their spot in the next round.
And Juve's shock loss has been compounded by damning footage of Ronaldo's conversation with Pepe.
In footage shared by UEFA, microphones picked up a rather interesting exchange between the pair of Portuguese stars.
Ronaldo can be heard telling Pepe: "Play it! I'm going to win and it'll be with you on the pitch."
He continued: "I'm going to win and it'll be with you on the pitch."
Awkward! :grimacing: :grimacing: :grimacing:
[Via UEFA] pic.twitter.com/CKTc0QTcAi
- Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) March 23, 2021
Ronaldo has never been short of confidence, though his words appeared to spur Pepe and Co onto victory.
While Porto lost the match, they won the tie on away goals.
:large_blue_circle::white_circle: That heroic display by 38-year-old warrior Pepe at Juventus...
:flag_pt: @officialpepe :muscle:@FCPorto ' #MondayMotivation ' #UCL pic.twitter.com/bSXFVPZAz3
- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 15, 2021
Ronaldo saw the brunt of the criticism after his side's Champions League elimination.
The Italian press said he 'betrayed' his Juventus teammates while former Juve striker Nicola Amoruso claimed the 36-year-old cares too much about his image.
He said: "I would never put him [Ronaldo] in the barrier on free kicks.
"He is afraid of receiving a ball in the face because he cares about his image."
He has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid not to mention Paris Saint-Germain.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is contracted with the Serie A giants until the end of next season.
Will he leave Italy in the summer? Watch this space.
Featured Image Credit: UEFA
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