ANDREA PIRLO has fuelled Cristiano Ronaldo exit rumours after dropping him for Juventus' clash with Bologna.
The Old Lady headed into the away fixture needing to win to stand a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
In what is undoubtedly one of the biggest games in Pirlo's reign, he sensationally left Ronaldo on the substitute bench.
The Portuguese ace is the league's top scorer with 29 goals.
But his exclusion, just four days after winning the Coppa Italia, will raise huge doubts over his future.
Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Ronaldo is not injured and it is a 'technical decision' made by Pirlo.
It is only the fifth time in three seasons as a Juventus player that Ronaldo has been benched.
Club director Paratici said before the contest: "Cristiano Ronaldo is not injured.
"We've played a lot of games in the last few days, Wednesday was a very expensive match.
"Together with Pirlo, we've decided that he's not starting tonight. But he’s available."
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Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with Juventus struggling financially over the coronavirus pandemic.
The 36-year-old is by far the club's highest earner pocketing a whopping £540,000-a-week.
He still has a year left on his deal but Juve are believed to be willing to let him leave this summer.
A return to Manchester United has been mooted while Real Madrid are also looking into his availability.
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