Aaron Ramsey has revealed he apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo for tapping in the Portuguese’s goal-bound shot in Juventus ‘ 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Ronaldo’s free-kick was spilled by goalkeeper Guilherme and Ramsey was on hand to prod the ball in as it trickled towards the goal line.
Whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s effort was crossing the line anyway remains up for debate, but Ramsey’s muted celebration perhaps shows he was a little frightened of his team-mate’s reaction.
It was the Welshman’s first goal in the Champions League since a strike for Arsenal against Monaco in March 2015.
And he later confirmed he had said sorry to his team-mate, a man who has netted a staggering 129 goals in the competition.
“I thought the keeper was a lot closer to me and had a chance of diving back and maybe clearing it,” Ramsey told the media after the match.
“My instinct took over to make sure that it went over the line. I’ve apologised to Cristiano.”
The hosts levelled proceedings shortly afterwards through Alexei Miranchuk, before Douglas Costa came off the bench to win it for the visitors with a superb stoppage time solo effort.
Prior to the match, Costa had credited Ronaldo for reducing the percentage of body fat on Juve’s players.
“You often see him topless and his physique is awesome. It drives everyone on and we all want to have a body like his.
“From when he arrived at the club, the percentage of body fat throughout squad has gone down.
“It’s remarkable. He gives us a lot off the field.”
The win secured Maurizio Sarri’s side’s place in the knockout stages, with Bayer Leverkusen defeating Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Group D’s other game.
“We still have work to do to finish top but we achieved our target of qualifying tonight, so we’re happy that we’ve done that,” added Ramsey, who now has two goals in his eight appearances for the Italian champions.
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