Alessandro Del Piero: Juventus failed to build a team around Cristiano Ronaldo

While Ronaldo made a brilliant second debut, Juve suffered their second straight defeat in three Serie A games this season.

Juventus legend, Alessandro Del Piero, criticized the club for not maximizing Cristiano Ronaldo during his three seasons in Turin.

With the remaining season contract at Juventus, Ronaldo was released to his old club, Manchester United, for only £ 13.5 million.

The 36-year-old superstar immediately scored two goals on his second debut in United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United last weekend.

“It’s very important to avoid making comparisons with the previous season or making excuses with the transfer market or with those who are no longer here. Make the most of those who are here,” Del Piero told reporters. The Gazzetta dello Sport, Monday (13/9).

“I don’t think we have to talk about the fact that we are not ready, we have to face reality.”

“Obviously, he [Ronaldo] not wanting to stick around and paying such a high salary isn’t the best thing. I still think that Juventus’ offensive line can still be very competitive.”

“Ronaldo is a true champion and we had to sign him. But the problem is that the team can’t develop around the superstar.”

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“We often judge Cristiano’s performances as individualized at Juventus and that’s a symptom that something isn’t working out.”

“Results in European competition are not in line with the target. But if we refer to Manchester City who have not won the Champions League, we realize that investment is not always synonymous with winning,” he concluded.

Turning from Ronaldo’s brilliance, Juventus have never won and were recently defeated by Napoli 2-1 in the third giornata of Serie A. Massimiliano Allegri’s squad was also scattered in 16th place in the standings with a collection of one point.



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