Cristiano Ronaldo watches from the stands as former club Sporting lose to Benfica

Cristiano Ronaldo watches from the stands as former club Sporting lose to Benfica in the Lisbon derby

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend attended Sporting’s clash with Benfica
  • The ‘Derby de Lisboa’ is one of the most highly-anticipated games in the country
  • Ronaldo began his career at Sporting before joining Manchester United  

Spencer Morgan For Mailonline

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his native Portugal on Sunday to watch his old club Sporting take on fierce rivals Benfica.

The Juventus forward was joined by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.

The game, known as the Derby de Lisboa, is one of the most highly-anticipated in the country.

Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez watched Sporting take on Benfica

Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez watched Sporting take on Benfica

The visiting side took home the three points at the end of a highly entertaining clash

The visiting side took home the three points at the end of a highly entertaining clash

Ronaldo, who began his career at Sporting, watched on as his old club were beaten 4-2 in a thriller.

The Portugal captain had been involved in a thriller of his own on Saturday, scoring twice as Juventus drew 3-3 with Parma.

The Italian champions have hit somewhat of a blip in what has been a brilliant campaign, having also been knocked out of the Italian Cup on Wednesday. 

‘I’m happy about the goals but not the result. This is football,’ Ronaldo told DAZN following the game.

The 33-year-old will have been disappointed to see his former club lose the match 

The 33-year-old will have been disappointed to see his former club lose the match 

‘We dropped back in the final few minutes and Parma capitalised on our mistakes.

‘I don’t think the last few results are because of our heavy workload. We’re relaxed and not worried.

‘We’re confident in the ability of this team and its technical quality, as well as the coach and the staff.’

Juve remain on course to win an eighth straight Serie A title, sitting nine points clear at the top of the table. 

The Portuguese forward scored two goals as Juvntus drew 3-3 with Parma on Saturday

The Portuguese forward scored two goals as Juvntus drew 3-3 with Parma on Saturday


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