'Ronaldo can't even dribble' – ex-Juventus man Toni calls out 'average' Cristiano after Napoli defeat
Former Italy and Juventus striker Luca Toni called Cristiano Ronaldo for his poor performance in Bianconeri's defeat by Napoli on Wednesday night against Coppa Italia, saying that the Portuguese looked deeply "average" and "couldn't even dribble".
Ronaldo played 90 minutes of the Showpiece clash at Stadio Olimpico, but didn't find the net in a largely uninspiring performance from either side.
In fact, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner only scored one goal and could not score a penalty in the decisive penalty shootout. Paulo Dybala and Danilo both freaked out early before Ronaldo had a chance to beat Alex Meret from 12 yards.
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Toni, an Italian World Cup winner and top scorer, believed that the Portuguese captain lacked his usual acuity and was unable to inspire Serie A champions to win the cup.
"I saw the entire Juventus team in trouble, even Cristiano Ronaldo, who looked like an average player in a very slow game," said 43-year-old Toni to Rai Sport after the collision.
"You expect a lot from him, but he looked like he was having physical difficulties - he couldn't even dribble a man.
“Buffon was the best player on the pitch. I also liked Douglas Costa very much, but Sarri only let him play for 60 minutes. [Douglas] Costa and [Juan] Cuadrado were the only ones who could beat their husband because Ronaldo is having trouble dribbling right now. "
Wednesday's defeat is the only time in Ronaldo's career that he has lost two consecutive finals after being defeated by Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana in late 2019.
Regardless, Ronaldo's sister went to Instagram after the game to stand up for her brother, saying that he couldn't always be expected to win games alone.
She said, "What else can you do? It is what it is and my darling cannot work miracles alone. I can't understand how they played like that. Anyway, hold your head up. You can't do more, my king. "
This year's Coppa Italia was the first in eleven years to be decided by a penalty shootout, and it's the sixth time Napoli has won the trophy in its history - only four teams have won it more often.
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