Semifinal defeat saddest day: Ronaldo

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Football star Ronaldo described Real Madrid's defeat against Juventus in the Champions League semifinal as his saddest day with the Spanish powerhouse.

Semifinal defeat saddest day: Ronaldo
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Brazilian football star Ronaldo described Real Madrid's defeat against Juventus in the Champions League semifinal as his "saddest day" so far with the Spanish powerhouse. "It was the saddest day since I've been with Real Madrid because I saw my team suffer and I suffered because in my condition I could not help," Ronaldo said on the club's website. Ronaldo sustained a calf injury in the first leg against Juventus, which Madrid won 2-1. He was brought on as substitute in the return match on Wednesday, but was unable to avert a 3-1 loss to the Italian side and a 4-3 defeat on aggregate. He hobbled off the pitch at the end of the game. "All sacrifices were worth it for that match," Ronaldo said in defense of coach Vicente del Bosque. "Playing me was not precipitated because the match was the most important of the season. The coach picks a team and I think he nearly always gets it right". In his spell on the pitch on Wednesday, Ronaldo was awarded a penalty but Madrid's Luis Figo hit the ball weakly and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon palmed it away with ease. Ronaldo was contracted by Real Madrid this season as part of the club's bid to win its 10th Champions Cup. (AP)

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