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When a red-card booking forced Ronaldo to buy iMacs for entire Juventus team

New Delhi: Juventus star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation. The Portuguese striker moved to Juvents after spending nine years at Real Madrid in 2018. Now, the forward has had enjoyed a fair amount of success at the Serie A club and has become a regular in the team. But like every other sportstar in the world, even Ronaldo has bad days, one of which took place in September 2018 during Juventus’ Champions League match against Valencia.

It was Ronaldo’s first Champions League match for the Italian club. In the 29th minute, Ronaldo was given a straight red card for an on-field collision with the opposition goalkeeper. Despite the controversial booking, Ronaldo still had to pay a heavy price for that mistake, apart from the usual fine and one-match ban.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on Polish talk show has revealed that Ronaldo had to buy the entire team iMacs for the red card booking, as it was a rule established by former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.

“Yes, we all have an iMac,” Szczesny said. “It took a very long time because he couldn’t process that red card and insisted high and low that he was not doing anything wrong. It took him a bit, about two months of arguing, but we all have received an iMac.”

Meanwhile, Shares in Italian football giants Juventus surged Monday after the club’s decision to cut their players’ salaries in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Serie A champions announced on Saturday that they had cut their players’ and coach Maurizio Sarri’s salaries from March until June after all Italian sport was suspended.

The club’s shares rose by 7.94 percent on the Milan Stock Exchange early Monday in a market that has taken a major hit from the coronavirus crisis. Juventus’ highly-paid stars include five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who joined from Arsenal on a free transfer last year.

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