Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has broken silence over the reported fallout with manager Maurizio Sarri after helping Portugal qualify for Euro 2020.
Ronaldo, 34, reacted angrily towards the Italian after being substituted in two consecutive fixtures before the international break.
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While Sarri reiterated he made the decision based on a knee injury the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been carrying - he went on to score a hattrick against Lithuania, while taking his tally to 99 goals during their 2-0 win over Luxembourg.
After helping the European champions qualify for the continental showpiece, Ronaldo opened up on the questionable conditions and his relationship with Sarri.
"It's difficult to play on these pitches -- it was a potato field, I don't know how teams of our level are supposed to play on these pitches," he said, as per ESPN.
"It wasn't a good spectacle but we did our job... I'm looking forward to my fifth European Championship."
He added: "In the last three weeks, I have been playing with limitations. But there was no controversy, you [the media] created that.
"I tried to help Juventus. Nobody likes to be substituted but I understood because I wasn't in such good shape.
"It's a pain that prevents me from being 100 percent, but I always try to play. They created a big controversy where it didn't need to exist. I'll be back to 100 percent soon."