Cristiano Ronaldo could be axed from Juventus’ free-kick walls after he committed his second blunder in six weeks.
Last month, the Portuguese striker was criticised for turning his back on a free-kick against Porto, which caused Juventus’s elimination from the Champions League.
‘That was an unforgivable error,’ former England boss Fabio Capello told Sky Sport Italia that night.
‘In my day, you chose the players who went into the wall and they couldn’t be someone afraid of the ball. They were scared of the ball and jumped away from it, turning their backs. That’s unforgivable.’
On Wednesday night, Ronaldo committed the same blunder in Serie A before Juventus came from behind to win 3-1 after Parma took the lead through Ronaldo’s error.
Replays revealed Ronaldo, 36, ducked underneath the strike while covering his head with his arm as his teammates, Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Weston McKennie front up to Gaston Brugman’s 25th-minute strike.
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Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo hinted that Ronaldo may no longer be part of future defensive free-kick walls.
‘Unfortunately, these things happen,’ Pirlo said when asked if Ronaldo was to blame. ‘But we’ll evaluate (his role at free-kicks) over the next few days.