Cristiano Ronaldo has a long and proud history in the Champions League having been the only player to have won the tournament five times during his career, although the Portuguese international sending off against Valencia on Wednesday night – first in his career at the tournament – caused a certain amount of controversy between fans and non-fans of Ronaldo on Twitter.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was controversially sent off after just 30 minutes of his Champions League debut for Juve as he got into a bit of a tangle with Valencia player Jeison Murillo. The two clashed in the Valencia penalty box and the latter went down very easily. However, Ronaldo reacted and implored with the defender to get up before video replays appeared to show him pulling the Colombian’s hair.
— Neal Collins (@nealcol) September 20, 2018
English referee Mark Clattenburg gives his analysis on Cristiano Ronaldo's sending off: pic.twitter.com/GR2WZNNjyj
— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) September 20, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) September 20, 2018
The referree’s decision was a contentious one and caused uproar as former players, pundits and fans reacted to the 11th red card in the player’s career.
Ronaldo’s sending off could mean that the forward will be suspended for at least two Champions League games, including a potential return to Old Trafford when Juventus take on Manchester United on 23rd October.
While there some Twitter who were adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo’s actions with Jeison Murrilo didn’t warrant sending off, there are some others who believed his sending off was really worth it as no player should be above the law.
We’ve highlighted some of the best Tweets below:
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 19, 2018
Ronaldo gets a red card half an hour into his Juventus Champions League debut. Tears flowing.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 19, 2018
🎶 Even the best fall down sometime 🎵
Hang in there G.O.A.T.
— PrincessTosynBucknor (@TosynBucknor) September 20, 2018
— DYBRYLA (@bryanmedy) September 20, 2018
— Pavankumar dhruv (@MyselfPa1) September 20, 2018
Grabbing opponent by the hair to stand up is disrespectful.
It is an unsporting behavior but the ref should have ignored it
Too bad for Ronaldo
— Isaac 'Opeele' Boateng (@CoachOpeele) September 20, 2018
Players shout at each other and have angry reactions all the time and get yellow cards. Watching this video makes me think how does Ronaldo get a red card for just puting his hand on a players head, but no one got a red card for pushing and swearing at Ronaldo. Double standarts. pic.twitter.com/jMVlJp6HOT
— DANNYƎL (@DannyelRMCF) September 20, 2018
Ronaldo's sending off last night has a lot to do with his exit from Real Madrid. Cuz like it or not, football is becoming political and Perez is the man in control! Modric winning the UEFA Player of the year ahead of Ronaldo is proof to this… no disrespect to Modric.
— Scofield Steven (@ScofieldSteven1) September 20, 2018
Messi scored a hat trick against a trash team in CL while Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Spain in the WC. There’s really no comparison, Ronaldo is the GOAT.
— Muhammad😜 (@muhammad_3_3_2) September 20, 2018
"My heart breaks for Ronaldo", "I'm devastated Ronaldo got sent off" – seriously you muppets, he got a red card, he didn't lose a foot or something, get over it.
— Judith 🍀 (@judyp73) September 20, 2018
Funny how Ronaldo's red card is louder than Messi's hattrick. Shows you man still the G.O.A.T!! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/kYD64eoYqG
— PAPA_MULIKA 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@CHI_JI0_KE) September 20, 2018
— Amal P S (@amalps90) September 20, 2018
Been seeing allota views on the Ronaldo red card since yesterday, i was also confused too but when i got a better view on the vid, i dont knw if its worth a red but the hair pulling was a form of disrespect on the Valencia player.. That surely deserved a card! Dunno whch 1 tho!
— Bëáŕded Culé🕵🇳🇬 (@Thosyn_) September 20, 2018
The more I think about the Ronaldo incident, the more I change my mind. I think referee could’ve gone either way and either way he’d be right. I think if it was just the hair pulling or the kick, it would’ve been a yellow max but both together is a red. I’m not sure.
— BarcAddicts (@BarcAddicts) September 20, 2018