About a week after Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave Juventus for Manchester United, two legends of the Italian club, Sergio Brio, and Alessio Tacchinardi have alleged that the Portuguese football icon disrespected the club.
The legends alleged that Cristiano Ronaldo walked out of Juventus’ coach Max Allegri when he was addressing the rest of the team ahead of a league game. They lamented that Ronaldo’s sudden exit put the club in a tight corner and described his move as a snub.
Before Ronaldo decided to return to Manchester United, a club he had played for between 2003 and 2009, Juventus were reportedly set to allow the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner to go. They believed that his exit would help the club to save over £500,000-per-week they were paying the 36-year-old football icon.
However, ahead of the 2021-2022 season, the reports from Italy claimed that Juventus were hoping that Ronaldo would stay at the club until June 2022 when his contract would expire.
Amid the back and forth between Juventus and Ronaldo, reports went viral that the footballer has been offered to Manchester City, and the Premier League club was ready to sign him.
However, the Premier League club failed to agree with Juventus’ asking price. Manchester United jumped on the deal and were able to secure his services for the second time in the player’s football career.
Before Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus, the Portuguese football star scored 101 goals and provided 22 assists in 134 games in all competitions. He helped the Italian club to win two Serie A titles before he left Turin.
Tacchinardi who won six Serie A titles before he retired said it was not nice that Ronaldo described his return to Manchester United as a return to a place that feels like home.
“Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not on his private jet while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli”, told Tacchinardi told Tuttosport.
“There are no more legends such as Del Piero, Totti, Maldini, or Zanetti, but it wasn’t nice to hear from Ronaldo that he was going back to a place he feels like home.”
On the other hand, Sergio Brio who is also a former player of Juventus suspected that things didn’t end gracefully between Ronaldo and the Italian club.
He however noted that it was good for both Ronaldo and the club that the Portuguese footballer was allowed to go when he wanted to.
He said: “Juventus deserve more respect; I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this. It was not nice of him.
“I always speak highly of the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce, and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different.
“Perhaps they didn’t break up gracefully, but I am convinced it was the right thing for the player and the club. If a player is forced to stay, he could cause damage to his teammates and the club.”
Cristiano Ronaldo who became the all-time highest goalscorer in international football on Wednesday during FIFA World Cup qualifiers between Portugal and Ireland has arrived in Manchester to commence his second era at Old Trafford.
The 36-year-old was excused from the Portugal national team because he would not be eligible to play for the country’s World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan this weekend. This is so because he has received two yellow cards in the qualification series.
Ronaldo is expected to wear jersey number 7 when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in a Premier League scheduled to kick off at 15:00 on Saturday, September 11, 2021.