Cristiano Ronaldo’s reign as the king of the Champions League appears to have come to an end as Juventus suffered a 1–2 defeat at the hands of Ajax in the Allianz Stadium last night.
The 34-year-old’s first-half goal was not enough to help Juve secure a victory as goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt propelled the young Dutch side to the semifinals of the competition.
Ronaldo, who was brought to Turin to strengthen the club’s European title bid, famously overturned the Bianconeri’s two-goal deficit against Atlético Madrid with a spectacular hat-trick in the second leg of their round of 16 fixture. He also found the back of the net in the first leg of the quarterfinal at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The defeat marks the first time Ronaldo will miss the semifinals of the Champions League in nine years. The Portuguese made it to the semifinals of the competition in each of the last eight seasons with former club Real Madrid and won the trophy four times.
Speaking after the game, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said,
“Ronaldo has given us a lot over the course of the campaign, but when you reach the quarterfinal, you need every player.
“I’ve always said that to win the Champions League, you need to reach a certain stage in good form and with good fitness levels. We’ve been in a bit of an emergency situation for a while and that can only be sustained for so long.
“We were missing four or five players tonight. Daniele Rugani and Leonardo Bonucci had good games for 50 minutes or so, but we lost our unity and organization, giving Ajax the advantage.”
Ronaldo, and Juventus, got eliminated—while Ajax moves into the two-legged semifinal on April 30 and May 7 with a clear reputation as the tournament’s giant-killer.
Now fans have taken to Twitter to troll CR7:
Do you think it’s fair?