Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to have found his groove after finally getting off the mark in Juventus colors in the Serie A match against Sasulo over the weekend. It was the perfect setup for the Portuguese forward as he geared up for his favorite competition - The Champions League.
Though, Ronaldo's Champions League debut with Juventus came to an abrupt end after the prolific forward was shown red in the Bianconeri's Group H match against Valencia on Wednesday.
The Portuguese superstar received his marching orders in the 29th minute by referee Felix Brych for violent conduct, for what appeared to look a tangle in the box with the Valencia center-back Jeison Murillo. Ronaldo was visibly upset with the decision and brought down to tears as he left the pitch.
This incident marks the Juventus new boy's first Champions League red card, a competition that he has traditionally been a dominant force. However, Ronaldo's dismissal led to netizens have some fun at his expense.
But even after Ronaldo's sending off, Juventus proved that they have what it takes to win the Champions League. Miralem Pjanic took control of the game and fired the visitors into the lead from the penalty spot just before the stroke of half-time. He found the back of the net again in the 51st minute to cap a wonderful 2-0 away win.
However, Ronaldo's suspension means he is set to miss the group game against Young Boys, and the following double-header with his former club Manchester United. But there is hope that he could return to Old Trafford, if UEFA decides to reduce his ban to one-match.
Ronaldo will be desperate to return back to the competition as he saw his record come under a threat by his arch-rival Lionel Mess on Tuesday. Lionel Messi walked away with the match-ball after starring in Barcelona's 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven. It was double delight for the Argentine striker, as his hat-trick saw him get his name etched into the record books for have the highest number of hat-tricks to his name.