Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is “angry and upset” over the UEFA’s decision to name Luka Modric as the Player of the Year
The 33-year-old had another exceptional campaign in last season’s Champions League for Real Madrid.
Not only did he inspire Los Blancos to a third successive Champions League title, but he also finished as the top scorer in the competition for a sixth consecutive time with 15 goals in 13 games.
But, while Ronaldo was named as the UEFA’s Forward of the Season, the biggest prize went instead to his former Real teammate Luka Modric.
“He is angry and upset”, confirmed Allegri, as quoted by Calcio Mercato.
Ronaldo was a notable absentee on Thursday evening at Monaco, much to the surprise of former teammate Sergio Ramos.
“He didn’t attend the event in Montecarlo yesterday and that’s his personal decision,” said Allegri.
“Ronaldo is motivated. He was the best scorer of Champions League last season and he felt that he deserved the award. It didn’t happen, now he is focused on Juve.”
Winning team!!???? pic.twitter.com/vG58bJN07S
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) August 29, 2018
Now Ronaldo will turn his attention to Saturday’s trip to Parma in the Serie A, where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be hoping to finally get off the mark for Juventus with a goal.
And Allegri is in a similar mindset.
This is despite having only just learnt last night that Juventus had been drawn with Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys in Group H of the Champions League.
“I want to talk about the Champions League after the game against Sassuolo,” said the Italian coach.
“The Parma game is more important for us. United and Valencia are important teams with a great atmosphere in their stadiums. Young Boys are the underdog.
He added: “It’s not time to talk about the Champions League, we have to focus on Parma.”
Argentine striker Paulo Dybala was left on the bench in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Lazio.
“Dybala? He is calm but not fit yet,” said Allegri.
“He has to recover his fitness just like many other strikers. After the International break, every player must be fit.”
Juventus will take on Parma at 20:30 (GMT +2) on Saturday.