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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Chievo goalie thanks 'legend' Ronaldo for message after KO

Stefano Sorrentino, 39, suffered a broken nose, whiplash and a shoulder injury following a tackle with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner on his Juventus debut

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, collides with Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino. AFP
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, collides with Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino. AFP

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino called Cristiano Ronaldo a "legend" and thanked the Juventus star for wishing him a speedy recovery after being knocked out by the Portuguese player in the season opener between the two teams at the weekend.

Sorrentino, 39, suffered a broken nose, whiplash and a shoulder injury following a tackle with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner who was making his Italian league debut in the champions' 3-2 win in Verona.

"I received a message of solidarity and speedy recovery from Cristiano Ronaldo. Thank you legend!" Sorrentino wrote on Twitter.

Sorrentino's head collided with Ronaldo's thigh and he collapsed motionless on the pitch at the Bentegodi Stadium before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

The former Torino and Palermo player later posted a photo of himself on Twitter wearing a neck brace with his nose heavily bandaged.

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