Fabio Capello believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is not the world's best player he once was – and has beaten the Juventus star for his reaction to substitution at the weekend.
The 34-year-old Ronaldo was withdrawn after a below-average performance against AC Milan on Sunday at the start of the second half and replaced by Paulo Dybala.
The Portuguese stormed past Chef Maurizio Sarri and stormed straight down the tunnel after being retired for a second game in a row.
Substitute Dybala prevailed in the second half and Juventus returned to Serie A after a 1-0 home win against AC Milan.
And Capello, a former manager and player for the Turin giants, says Ronaldo must accept that manager Sarri has other attacking threats.
"I did not like that, it was not nice," said Capello Sky Sports Italia , "He must be a champion, even if he leaves the field.
"The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo did not drip [past] an opponent for three years. I made the La Liga comment when he usually took the double step and left you there.
"It's a super champion, the best of them all, but now there's Dybala and Douglas Costa, who scored two sensational goals, and Dybala in excellent condition can make a difference, just like Douglas Costa.
"They win games without Ronaldo, Juve seemed to be dependent on him, instead the great team and the quality of the players help them to win anyway."
"Bravo Sarri, who had the courage to dismiss him, needs personality, especially because he thinks that all players in the squad can play and make a difference.
"Cristiano did it for a while, but now it is not him and he needs to recover – especially on a physical level – he does not have the speed and momentum he has shown at other times."
Juve was knocked off Inter Milan on Saturday after beating Verona 2-1, but Dybala's lone goal in a highly competitive win was enough to get them back to the top.
The Argentinean international had replaced Cristiano Ronaldo on 56 minutes, scoring the decisive goal 13 minutes from time after Juve's close cross on the edge of Milan's penalty area
Sarri's team extended their unbeaten start to the season to 16 games in all competitions, while Milan has lost six of its last nine league games.