Cristiano Ronaldo Cries, But Did He Deserve Send Off?

Cristiano Ronaldo left the field in tears after copping a red card, but questions remain over whether they were of the crocodile or real variety.

Ronaldo is the best player in the world, give or take Lionel Messi. This year, he switched from Real Madrid -- with whom he won a lazy 15 pieces of silverware -- to Juventus, the Italian giant whose trophy cabinet is also full, but whose performances in major European competitions have been more modest.

Overnight was the first step to change that. But Ronaldo's first Champions League outing for Juve lasted just 29 minutes, when he was sent off against Valencia.

The reason? CR7 received his marching orders for what looked like a pretty innocuous pat on the head of Valencia's Jeison Murillo, after the two had bumped for position in the box.

As much as fans seemed to have a point that Ronaldo really had done very little to warrant any sort of censure, Referee Felix Brych thought otherwise after consulting with his assistant.

Memes appeared, as they inevitably do.

Meanwhile, some eagle-eyed fans focused on the moment before the head-pat, when it appears Ronaldo may have kicked his opponent.

Whatever caused the ref's wrath, Ronaldo was not happy to say the least.

He left the pitch shaking his head with tears flowing, basically looking about as happy as he'd be if Lionel Messi had stolen his five Ballon d'Ors and his dinner too.

As it happened, Messi -- who has also won five Ballon d'Ors -- scored a hat-trick overnight for Barcelona. So he had a significantly more productive evening.

Ronaldo is the all-time leading Champions League scorer with 120 goals, and was a key member of the Real Madrid team that won the last three Champions League titles. He may now miss between one and three Champions League games, depending on how severe his offence is judged upon review.