Ronaldo scored for Juventus against Manchester United last night, but it was not enough for the Turin outfit to secure all three Champions League points.
The 33-year-old volleyed home Leonardo Bonucci’s pinpoint pass but a Juan Mata free-kick and Alex Sandro own-goal gave the Red Devils victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo was sharp for Juventus against United and seemed hellbent on firing his current team to victory over his former side.
And pundit Tony Cascarino has praised him for his enterprising display, insisting he has rediscovered his work-rate – something he lacked at Real Madrid.
“I was amused to see Cristiano Ronaldo chasing around like he is a 21-year-old,” he wrote in his column in The Times.
“He has not worked that hard for about ten years.
“At Real Madrid he would just stop when he lost the ball.
“But last night he was running between the centre-backs as they passed it between themselves and he had a similar approach in the match at Old Trafford last month.
“I think this is partly the reaction to facing a former club and also the fact that working hard is in the DNA of Juventus.
“But most importantly, it reflects Ronaldo’s desperation for the honour of winning the Champions League with a third different club.”
Juventus, for the most part, were dominant against United.
Both Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala hit the woodwork as they hunted victory.
And David De Gea pulled off world-class saves to keep United in the game.
Ronaldo, speaking after the game, cut a frustrated figure.
“I have seen the replay in the dressing room,” he told Viasat.
“I didn’t realise it was a fantastic goal, but I did good movement and I kick with the ball strong.
“I was happy for the goal but we are a little disappointed because we should have won the game easily, by three or four goals.
“Manchester, they didn’t do much, in my opinion.
“They created two chances, set pieces, I know the English teams they are always looking for the set pieces.
“But we will learn from our mistakes and we are still top of the group so we are good.”