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Ronaldo left out of Juventus squad to face Benevento

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The Juventus talisman is in the running for the Serie A golden boot but he will not be allowed to extend his goal tally on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Juventus squad for the upcoming Serie A meeting with Benevento, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Juventus star player hasn’t been able to have adequate rest ever since the coronavirus scare and his other fitness issues.

With games against Spezia and Lazio being the only exceptions, he played all 90 minutes in the Serie A matches this season in those he was available to play.

CR7 missed his side’s opening two Champions League matches against FC Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv but played the full length in both legs against Ferencvaros.

And Andrea Pirlo’s decision to not include him in the Benevento trip rests on the fact that a much-needed rest was overdue for Ronaldo.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man has scored a remarkable eight goals in five Serie A games and is battling AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Capocannoniere.