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All eyes were on Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium as Cristiano Ronaldo was set to make his Champions League debut for Juventus.
The Portuguese star did just that, but not in the manner expected.
After creating two scoring chances for teammates, Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute – his fist ever red card in the Champions League – after tangling up with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.
Ronaldo felt Murillo went down too easily in hopes of earning a foul, and the Portuguese responded by putting his hand to the back of the defender’s head.
After consulting with his assistant behind the goal, referee Felix Brych showed Ronaldo a straight red card.
Confusion quickly turned to sadness, with Ronaldo reduced to tears as he pleaded his innocence before walking off the pitch.
Forced to play the remainder of the match a man short, Juventus put in a sensational showing in Spain, recording a 2-0 win courtesy of a pair of penalties from Miralem Pjanic.
As expected, social media blew up in an instant, with commentators and fans debating whether Ronaldo deserved to be red carded.
The Juventus star clearly put his hand to the back of Murillo’s head, but video replays proved inconclusive as to whether he tapped him on the head or pulled his hair.
Whatever happened, there wasn’t much in it – certainly nothing that rises to the level of being considered “violent conduct.” Nevertheless, Ronaldo was sent off.