After three years in Turin, Ronaldo left this summer. The Portuguese star returned to his old club in England, Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s future at Juventus had indeed been the subject of speculation before the Portuguese star was confirmed to leave. He had been linked with several clubs considering his contract with Juventus at that time only had one season left.
In the midst of speculation about his future, Ronaldo had appeared to strengthen Juventus once in the Italian League 2021/2022. The 36-year-old player was only confirmed to join Manchester United on the last day of the summer transfer window.
“I don’t think we should be talking about unpreparedness, but about facing reality,” Del Piero told The Gazzetta dello Sport.
“CR7 obviously doesn’t want to stay, it’s just as clear that it would be useless not to pay such a big salary.”
“If the question refers to how he is replaced, I say we have to measure ourselves with economic resources. I think Juventus’ attacking line is still very competitive.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was recruited by Juventus to realize their ambition to win the Champions League. However, this target was not met.
However, Del Piero assessed that Juventus’ decision to bring in Ronaldo in 2018 was not a mistake.
“Ronaldo is a champion and he had to be signed, the problem is the failure of the team to develop around the superstar,” said Del Piero.
“We often judge performance Cristiano almost nothing to do with Juventus and those are signs that things aren’t working.”
“Results in Europe have not been up to par, but if we think that (Manchester) City have never won the Champions League, we understand how investing doesn’t always mean winning,” said Del Piero.