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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence after Champions League exit, promising to ‘come back stronger’

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Juventus to do some ‘reflection’ after the Italian champions’ embarrassing last-16 exit from the Champions League. 

The Turin giants crashed out on Friday despite Ronaldo’s scoring a double to earn a 2-1 victory in their second-leg clash with Lyon – with the French underdogs sneaking through to the quarter-finals on away goals after a 1-0 win in February. 

The result leaves Juventus still hunting for their first Champions League success since 1996, after crashing out in Ronaldo’s debut season last year at the hands of Ajax in the quarter-finals. 

Ronaldo finished the campaign with 37 goals in 46 games – enough to break a 94-year-old Juventus record for a single season – but the 35-year-old will be furious at being denied the opportunity to add to his tally in the latter European rounds. 

‘The 2019/20 season is over for us, much later than usual but yet sooner than we expected,’ the Portuguese icon wrote on Instagram, attached to a shot of him kissing the Champions League ball. 

‘Now it’s time for reflection. A huge club such as Juventus must always think like the best in the world and work like the best in the world. 

‘Winning the Serie A in such a difficult year is something that we are very proud of. But the fans demand more from us and we have to deliver, we must live up to the highest expectations.

‘May this short vacation break allow us all to make the best decisions for the future and come back stronger and more committed than ever.’ 

Despite narrowly securing Serie A glory, manager Maurizio Sarri has been sacked by Juventus after tension had dogged the former Chelsea boss all season. 

Ronaldo will be desperate to succeed in his mission to bring Champions League glory back to Italy, with Juve’s next managerial appointment crucial in helping him do so. 

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