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Why Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Juventus squad for Genoa clash

Mirror logo Mirror 17/3/2019 Robert O'Connor

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus 's Serie A outing against Genoa on Sunday after playing a starring role in his side's Champions League heroics.

Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick to help overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, defying the odds to haul Juve into the last-eight where they will face Ajax.

The Italian champions boast a seemingly unassailable 18-point lead in Serie A with 11 games to go, having dropped only six points during a hitherto unbeaten league season.

And that cushion, together with his star man's European exertions, were enough to persuade manager Massimiliano Allegri to leave out the Portuguese for the trip to Genoa.

"I'm leaving him at home, he had played a lot and he needs to rest. Right now it would be too risky to play him," Allegri told reporters.

"I don't need to convince him. We spoke about it yesterday, I explained my point regarding the fixtures between now and the (Champions League) quarter finals and he agreed."

a group of people watching a football game: Ronaldo's hat-trick gave Juventus a famous win against Atletico Madrid © Juventus FC via Getty Images Ronaldo's hat-trick gave Juventus a famous win against Atletico Madrid

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The Portuguese openly taunted the Atleti fans in the stands following Tuesday's win, possibly in response to coach Diego Simeone's similarly robust celebrations at the end of the first leg, but Allegri said he was not worried about UEFA banning his star player for the upcoming quarter-final with Ajax.

"Everyone celebrated differently on Tuesday, there were 42,000 fans there and we could suspend them all (based on how they behaved)," he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a football uniform: Ronaldo will sit out when Juve play Genoa © Sportimage/PA Images Ronaldo will sit out when Juve play Genoa

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"We are not afraid of a suspension that will not happen."

The champions will face Ajax for a place in the Champions League last-four after the Dutch side eliminated Ronaldo's former side Real Madrid with a stunning 4-1 win at the Bernabeu to go through 5-3 on aggregate.

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