Cristiano Ronaldo rested for Atalanta v Juventus

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has left Cristiano Ronaldo out in Serie A for the first time since the forward joined the club.

Published : Dec 26, 2018 19:15 IST

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench for Juventus' Serie A game at Atalanta on Boxing Day.

The Portugal superstar is rested by coach Massimiliano Allegri after starting Juve's previous 17 league games since he joined from Real Madrid.

Ronaldo completed the full 90 minutes in 16 of those matches and has also started five Champions League games, missing one due to suspension.

READ: Hulk reiterates Palmeiras desire but expects Shanghai SIPG stay

After a slow start to life in Turin, Ronaldo has hit 11 Serie A goals with only Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek more prolific this term.

In Ronaldo's absence, Juve starts in Bergamo with Mario Mandzukic in attack supported by Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala.

Victory would move the champions 11 points clear of nearest rivals Napoli, who is in action away to Inter later in the day.

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment