Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the 36-year-old was criticized following Juventus’s Champions League exit.
Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League by Porto on Tuesday night in Turin.
Ronaldo, who had little impact during the encounter, was heavily criticized for turning his back on Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick, which ensured Porto knocked out Andrea Pirlo’s side from the competition.
However, reacting to the development ahead of Man United’s Europa League clash with AC Milan on Thursday night, Fernandes, a fellow compatriot with Ronaldo, said the Portugal captain could not be held solely accountable for Juventus’s recent poor form in the Champions League.
“Cristiano is one of the greats in football history,” Fernandes told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“His mentality inspires those who practice this sport. He has won a lot, but no one can win alone.
“I understand that his presence at Juve had created enormous expectations for the Champions League, but when a team loses, the whole squad loses, not one single player.”