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Diego Godin slams disrespectful Cristiano Ronaldo

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Diego Godin accused Cristiano Ronaldo of showing a lack of respect during Atletico Madrid’s Champions League encounter with Juventus last season.

Ronaldo famously mimicked Diego Simeone’s goal celebration in the return leg of Juventus’ last-16 tie by crutching his own crotch in front of the supporters on route to a stunning hat-trick.

The Portuguese superstar’s sensational night in March enabled Juventus to overcome a two-goal aggregate deficit to book a quarter-final spot. Although most of the headlines remained on his “cojones” gesture.

While Atletico manager Simeone was cool on Ronaldo’s actions, however, it evidently remains a sore spot for Godin.

“What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch, but I don’t like it when there’s a lack of respect,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“When Cholo made that gesture after our goal, it was towards our own fans, not Juve. Ronaldo’s version was different, he was disrespecting our supporters.”

Godin will face Ronaldo again next season in the Serie A after leaving Atletico for Inter Milan this summer on a free transfer.

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Juventus competes for the ball with Diego Godin (L) of Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on February 20, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The Uruguayan centre-back’s vast experience of going up against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will undoubtedly prove to be a welcome bonus for Inter, who hope to end Juventus’ domination in Italy.

In total, Godin has taken on Ronaldo 31 times and seen the former Real Madrid star score 22 times, which includes three hat-tricks, on route to 12 victories.

“Marking Ronaldo is not a technical issue,” continued Godin.

“It’s more about concentration, because for 90 minutes you cannot let him out of your sight for a second. He will take that second to score a goal.”

The 33-year-old also confirmed he turned down offers from Juventus and Manchester United in favour of joining Inter.

He even went to Simeone, who spent several years as a Nerazzurri during his playing days, for some advice on a move to the San Siro.

“Inter came forward first and with more determination than other clubs,” said Godin on his summer transfer.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JULY 06: Diego Godin of Uruguay looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Winner Game 49 and Winner Game 50 at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“They outlined their project, which is ambitious, like me. I liked the idea of helping Inter make it happen.

“It’s true, I received offers from Juventus, Manchester United, while in the past there was also Manchester City, but at that moment I had a contract with Atletico and wasn’t thinking about leaving. This summer, my contract was running down.

“I can say that no other club managed to convince me the way Inter did. Plus my wife was born in Cagliari, she speaks Italian and is trying to help me learn.

“Her father is Pepe Herrera, who played at Cagliari with Enzo Francescoli, so we had long conversations about Serie A.”

Godin added: “I admit, Simeone did talk to me a lot about Inter. We discussed this move, he said Inter were the biggest club he’d ever known, with passionate fans.

“Diego is a great coach, he followed a football idea and culture that allowed Atletico to fight it out with Barcelona and Real Madrid. It was the only possible way to compete against them, as if we’d played their style of football, we would never have come close.”

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 12: Diego Godin of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Wanda Metropolitano on May 12, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)