Cristiano Ronaldo was attracted to the Allianz Stadium by Juventus in one of the most startling transfer moves of the summer of 2018. With the Italian giants, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continued his remarkable goalscoring prowess, scoring 101 goals and registering 22 assists in 134 games. During his stay with the club, the 36-year-old helped the Serie A side win two Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia.
Despite the immense expectations placed on his shoulders upon his arrival, Ronaldo was unable to lead Juventus to the promised land, as they were unable to win the Champions League during his stint at the club.
- Juve Legend’s Controversial Comment
So much so that Gianluigi Buffon, who spent two years alongside Ronaldo after his return to Juventus from a period with Paris Saint-Germain, has stated that the advent of the Portuguese international forced them to alter their style of play.
The goalie is back in Serie B with his first club, Parma, and has no plans to retire just yet as the Ducali attempt to gain promotion.
He discussed his predicament at the Stadio Tardini with TUDN.com, as well as his future prospects in Mexico and the United States.
Buffon also spoke about CR7’s impact on Juventus, particularly after the Portuguese star’s return to Manchester United.
“The first year he arrived, which was the year I was at PSG, Juve had a chance to win the Champions League, and I couldn’t figure out what went wrong,” Buffon remarked.
“When I returned, I worked with CR7 for two years and we got along great, but I believe Juve lost its team DNA.
“In 2017, we reached the Champions League Final because we were a team with a lot of experience, but above all, we were a single unit, and there was a lot of competitiveness for spots inside the group.” With Ronaldo, we lost that.”
Despite departing for Manchester United in the summer, Ronaldo is still the top Juventus scorer for the calendar year 2021, with 20 goals in all competitions.
Juventus had Cristiano Ronaldo for three seasons, yet they never moved past the Champions League quarterfinals. In the Round of 16 in 2020 and 2021, Lyon and FC Porto, respectively, eliminated the Serie A powers. During his three seasons at Juventus, the 36-year-old forward netted 101 goals in 134 games.
After leaving Juventus in the summer of 2021, Ronaldo joined Manchester United again. The 36-year-old forward has 13 goals to his name in 18 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.
In the Champions League, the former Real Madrid star is still at the top of his game. In five group games this season, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals. A brace against Atalanta in Italy was included in his total. Manchester United’s leading scorer this season is the 36-year-old forward.
Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini chastised Ronaldo for leaving the club late in August, claiming United is a team that is “more focused on the present” in October.
Juventus is now in fifth place in Serie A, 12 points behind champions Inter Milan, and will host third-placed Napoli on January 6.