Cristiano Ronaldo sparks Champions League ‘retirement’ demand in singing clip

Cristiano Ronaldo’s appearance for Juventus saw a throwback clip of him singing the Champions League song re-emerge – and fans demanded the song should be retired.

The forward could not find the net against Lyon as his side suffered a 1-0 first-leg loss.

It has put a dent in Ronaldo’s hopes of winning a first Champions League honour since 2018.

That title came with Real Madrid, where he won four European honours with the La Liga giants.

And his game on Wednesday for Juventus brought a hilarious throwback to a bizarre moment for the Portuguese forward.

In the clip, Ronaldo is lining up wth his Madrid team-mates ahead of facing Tottenham in 2017.

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The Champions League song, written by Tony Britten in 1992, blares out over the tannoy.

And the Spanish stars stand in procession for the European anthem.

But Ronaldo takes it one step further by singing along to the tune based on George Frideric Handel’s “Zadok The Priest”.

This footage was shared on Twitter by ESPN ahead of Juventus’ loss to Lyon on Wednesday night, where it has been viewed more than two million times.

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And fans believe the Juventus forward’s connection to the famous song should be recognised.

“His personal national anthem,” one supporter said.

Another commented: “He is Champions League – that’s his anthem.”

While a third made a big demand.

“When he retires, UEFA should retire that anthem,” they said.

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“It’s his.”

And a fourth added: “It’s his song.”

Ronaldo was also spotted singing the theme song in a Juventus shirt during their round-of-16 games against Atletico Madrid in March 2019.

The Portuguese forward’s failure to find the net against Lyon is the first time in 2020 he has not scored in an appearance.

But Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has outlined how much Madrid are missing the forward’s goals.

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