- Cristiano Ronaldo’s outdated Juventus teammate says he made the remainder of the squad lazy as a result of they relied on him an excessive amount of.
- Juventus did not win Serie A for the primary time in a decade in Ronaldo’s closing season in Turin.
- “Gamers began to suppose his presence alone was sufficient to win video games,” stated Leonardo Bonucci.
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Leonardo Bonucci, a former teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo, has fired a warning to Manchester United in regards to the participant, saying that in his time with Juventus the Portuguese star inadvertently made the remainder of the staff lazy as a result of it grew to become so reliant on him profitable video games.
Ronaldo left Turin to re-join Manchester United this summer season, and has since been in scintillating type, scoring 5 objectives in six matches.
Throughout his three yr spell in Italy, nevertheless, Juventus got progressively worse as a team.
After profitable Serie A and Italian Supercup in Ronaldo’s first season, the Outdated Girl gained the league once more the next yr, however did not win a second trophy for the primary time in seven seasons.
In Ronaldo’s closing season, Juventus gained the Coppa Italia and the Supercup, however completed fourth in Serie A – bringing to an end a decade-long streak of the club winning Italy’s top flight.
Requested if signing Ronaldo made the remainder of Juventus’ squad complacent, defender Bonucci told The Athletic: “This was the factor. The concept one participant, even the perfect on the planet, may assure Juventus victory.
“Cristiano’s presence had an enormous affect on us. Simply coaching with him gave us one thing additional however subconsciously gamers began to suppose his presence alone was sufficient to win video games.
“We started to fall somewhat quick in our day by day work, the humility, the sacrifice, the need to be there in your teammate day after day. Over the previous few years, I believe you would see that.”
“Possibly it was taken as a right that if we gave the ball to Cristiano he’d win us the sport,” he added.
“However Cristiano wanted the staff as a lot as we would have liked him. There needed to be a trade-off as a result of it is the staff that lifts the person even when the person is the perfect participant on the planet.”
Regardless of Bonucci’s declare, Juventus has struggled this season in the absence of the 36-year-old forward.
Massimiliano Allegri’s facet has gained simply two of its six Serie A matches thus far, struggling defeats by the hands of each Napoli and minnows Empoli.
After its draw towards AC Milan on September 19, Allegri stormed off the pitch while launching an expletive-laden rant at his players.
“Holy shit! And so they need to play for Juventus!” – he was heard yelling.