Wednesday March 7 2018
‘Verratti-Ronaldo double standards!’

Mino Raiola claims Marco Verratti was the victim of double standards during Paris Saint-Germain-Real Madrid. “Cristiano Ronaldo protested several times...”

Verratti was sent off for dissent during PSG’s 2-1 defeat on Wednesday, but despite the French giants not looking like turning their Champions League last-16 tie around, Raiola insisted his client was “one of the best players on the pitch”.

“It was a harsh decision,” the agent told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Until then, Marco was one of the best players on the pitch. His protest was one of frustration.

“Ronaldo also protested, even blatantly, but wasn’t booked. Maybe Marco exaggerated, but his was just the frustration of a player who wanted to do everything possible in order to help his team qualify.

“It was a reaction of instinct and maybe pride. After all, Ronaldo protested several times in a blatant way, yet he was excused, even when he tried to kick Dani Alves.

“One red can’t erase everything. Until then, Verratti was one of the stars of the game, like Areola.”

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