Juventus entered the season determined to win the UEFA Champions Leauge at all costs, as the team has completely dominated Italy but they’ve struggled to replicate their success overseas.
Hence, the Vecchia Signora approaches every continental fixture as a final, and they’re not going to let any opportunity slip through their hands.
That’s why Aaron Ramsey had to make sure that his team scored during their clash vs. Lokomotiv, even if that meant ‘stealing’ a goal away from a teammate.
The former Arsenal midfielder pushed the ball to the bottom of the nets following a mistake by the goalkeeper, but it looked like the ball was going to go in anyways after Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick.
So, the midfielder took a goal away from the record-setting Portuguese star and claimed he actually apologized to him, explaining why he did it:
“I thought the keeper was a lot closer to me and had a chance of diving back and maybe clearing it. My instinct took over to make sure that it went over the line. I’ve apologized to Cristiano,” Ramsey told the media after the game, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
Ronaldo was clearly upset about the stolen goal but didn’t let that get in the way of the game, as Juventus kept pushing on their way to a 2-1 win for Juve.
However, Ramsey’s still not satisfied as the team still has to face Atletico de Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen before making it to the Knockout Stage:
“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,” he added.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s still stuck on the 33 goal mark in the European competition, tied with Raul and Lionel Messi for the most ever, so he’s definitely going to keep pursuing that record-breaking score.