Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been admonished by football fans after appearing to react 'angrily' to Mario Mandzukics goal after he himself missed an open net in the clubs 2-0 win over Lazio on Saturday.
Despite a man-of-the-match performance, Ronaldo failed to score as The Old Lady recorded a win against the Rome club to make it two Serie A wins from two this season, picking up maximum points along the way. The 33-year-old has now not scored in both of those matches since his $117 million move from Real Madrid
Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic gave the champions the points with goals either side of half-time, with Mandzukic netting a 75th-minute volley after Ronaldo scuffed a chance to net from just inches out with the goal gaping.
Although Mandzukic scored when the ball ricocheted off his teammate's heels, Ronaldo threw his arms in the air rather than celebrating initially with the rest of his teammates, in an action that has been interpreted as “angry” and "selfish" by football fans, some even declaring him as "not the GOAT" (greatest of all time).
Ronaldo's reaction when Mandzukic scored is pure Trash!! . United, Madrid and Juve's Goat.
— Presider (@iam_presider) August 25, 2018
Ronaldo's reaction when Mandzukic scored,He showed his frustration for not scoring when he should have,despite being after Mandzukic scored,b4 celebrating with Mandzukic. One of his childish behaviours I hate
— Bee (@Bee_mufc) August 25, 2018
Messi is the greatest playmaker in the world, he is always looking to set his teammates up. Ronaldo gets angry when his teammates score and he doesn't. Why people think Ronaldo is the better leader is beyond me.
— ¹⁰ (@ClinicaIEden) August 25, 2018
However, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was not without his supporters, who had a brighter view of the situation, calling the alleged huff the actions of a "leader". Ronaldo did join in the celebrations of the goal with Mandzukic and the rest of the Juve players seconds later.
In all, it seems the knives have been drawn for Ronaldo, who became Real Madrid's top scorer of all-time in a nine-year stint at the Bernabeu, after he failed to break his scoring duck in Italy at the second attempt.
Unsurprisingly, the Twitterati helped themselves to a plethora of humorous gifs, memes and one-liners on Cristianos cursed first two games.
Ronaldo's 2 weeks in Serie A: Goals 0. Players injured 2.
— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 25, 2018
Juventus made a bid mistake with Ronaldo. The economics simply don't match the quality of the player. He's well past his best.
— MW (@mediocentroEN) August 25, 2018
Second time i've seen Ronaldo drop so deep to break up a Lazio attack
Welcome to Juventus, Cris
— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) August 25, 2018
There were chances in the match for the Portugal captain, who netted four goals for his country in the recent World Cup in Russia, but it wasnt enough to get himself a goal.
The news was certainly a shot in the arm for fans of Lionel Messi, with whom Ronaldo is constantly compared and measured against in the battle for the best player in the world and 'GOAT' tag.
Juventus have seen their stock soar since Ronaldo's arrival, with shares in the club now valued above €1 ($1.16) and the club itself valued at more than €1 billion, although Ronaldo is still yet to pay proper dividends on the pitch.
Will it be third time lucky for Ronaldo? Well find out in Juves next game versus Parma on September 1.