Juventus vs Porto turned into a nightmare for Cristiano Ronaldo.
And new footage released by the Champions League, unseen at the time of the game, shows how much that meant to Ronaldo as it captured a private chat between the pair.
Pepe looked to be forced off early on in the second leg of their last-16 tie when he went down with an injury.
He needed medical attention as Juventus prepared for a corner and Ronaldo was adamant he needed him to stay on.
“Carry on playing,” Ronaldo said as he shook Pepe’s hand as he left the pitch.
“I’m going to win and it’s going to be with you on the pitch.”
Pepe was able to continue but, unfortunately for Ronaldo, he was unable to get the better of his long-time team-mate.
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Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been the subject of plenty of intense criticism in Italy after Juve’s Champions League misery.
Former Italy striker Antonio Cassano has branded him a “failure” at the Turin club.
“They’d also won the Scudetto [Serie A title] without him. I think he’s been a failure.”
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