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Cristiano Ronaldo can't hide his frustration after losing first final in over five years - in pictures

The Juventus striker's frustration was obvious as he quickly took the silver medal off his neck and did not wait to see Lazio lift the Italian Supercup trophy in Riyadh on Sunday

Lazio returned to a heroes welcome in Rome on Monday after their thrilling 3-1 Italian Supercup victory over Juventus in Riyadh which ended Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's five-year victorious run in finals.

Ronaldo's incredible run of 12 consecutive finals - with Real Madrid, Juventus and his national team Portugal - stretches back to the 2014 Spanish Super Cup.

The 34-year-old is so used to winning that he took defeat to Lazio in Saudi Arabia on Sunday in a less-than-heroic fashion.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's frustration was obvious as he quickly took the silver medal off his neck and did not wait to see Lazio lift the trophy for a fifth time.

Ronaldo has played two finals since joining Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, scoring the winner to beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Italian Supercup in January 2019, also in Riyadh.

He was powerless to stop Lazio lifting the cup - a match played each year between the champions of Serie A and the Coppa Italia winners - for a third time in two years though as goals from Luis Alberto, Senad Lulic and an injury-time Danilo Cataldi put Simeone Inzaghi's side in control with only Paulo Dybala's reply for consolation. Rodrigo Benancur was also sent off late on for the reigning Italian champions.

Eight-time reigning league champions Juventus - joint top of Serie A with Inter Milan - return to action on January 6 against Cagliari, while third-placed Lazio travel to Brescia on January 5.

Updated: December 24, 2019 12:53 PM

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