Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be annoyed by questions about his hand gesture towards Atlético Madrid fans during Juventus’ 2-2 draw with Los Colchoneros on Wednesday, calling people ‘stupid’ in response.
Ronaldo made the gesture after missing a late chance for La Vecchia Signora, with his shot just wide of the post. It was interpreted as being a mocking gesture towards Atléti fans although the Portuguese forward clarified that this wasn’t the case.
Speaking after the Atléti game, Ronaldo gave a vague response to a question concerning the meaning of the gesture, stating that, according to Goal: “Learn you have to learn.”
This response, perhaps, prompted more questions about the gesture and Ronaldo was once again asked about it following Juventus‘s 2-1 win over Hellas Verona on Saturday. He told Sky Sport Italia (via Goal) that: “People like to talk too much. That’s all. People are stupid and talk too much.”
It’s been a fairly frustrating week for Juventus. They took a two-goal lead away at Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday only for Los Colchoneros to get two goals back, before narrowly beating newly-promoted Verona 2-1 on Saturday, a team they were expected to trounce.
I Gialloblu took a shock lead after 20 minutes courtesy from of a Miguel Veloso strike from outside the box, before Aaron Ramsey equalised 11 minutes later to get a goal on his Serie A debut.
It was Ronaldo who put his side into the lead, converting a penalty in the 49th minute to seal a narrow win for Juve.
It’s been a relatively underwhelming start to life under Maurizio Sarri, but he’ll have another chance to get more points on the board against Brescia and SPAL, before facing a tough test against Internazionale, who are now on four wins in from four in Serie A after defeating Milan in the Derby della Madonnina on Saturday.