Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a sensational 101 goals in three seasons with Juventus, but one Bianconeri legend claims the Portuguese has failed to see eye to eye with his teammates and managers
Cristiano Ronaldo has had to overcome issues with his Juventus teammates and managers to make a success of his time in Italy.
That’s the verdict of Juve legend David Trezeguet, who discussed the Portugal icon during an eye-opening interview after leaving his role with the club this week.
Ronaldo, 36, has scored a sensational 101 goals in three seasons with the Bianconeri, winning two Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia since arriving from Real Madrid for £99million.
The forward has worked with a different manager during each campaign, but Trezeguet admits none of Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri or Andrea Pirlo have been able to handle him.
In fact, the former striker – who scored 171 goals for Juventus – claims no manager has dealt with Ronaldo as skilfully as ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
“No one has been able to manage him like Zidane did,” Trezeguet told La Gazzetta dello Sport . “Maybe Juve lacked a certain dialogue.
“A coach can take a player, show him a game and say: ‘Look, you walked for 90 minutes. Give me a hand to win’. There are players that make you win and you can’t have them against you.
“Ronaldo makes you win, and so does [Paulo] Dybala. Others, with all due respect, less.”
Trezeguet left his role as a Juventus brand ambassador earlier this week and he also hinted on disharmony in the dressing room between Ronaldo and his teammates.
Discussing the sensational transfer in 2018, he added: “The biggest signing was getting Cristiano Ronaldo, because no one was expecting CR7 at a club that has always had great attention to the budget in its DNA.
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“Of course, there were some problems with his teammates, he showed that, but he scored 100 goals.”
Trezeguet’s admissions over Ronaldo’s relationships with his Juventus colleagues come amid intense speculation over the five time Ballon d’Or winner’s future.
Ronaldo has been linked with a return to former club Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be monitoring the situation.
But while has entered the final 12 months of his deal with Juve, the club’s newly-appointed director of football insists there is no indication he would like to leave.
“There has been no signal from Ronaldo,” Federico Cherubini said on Thursday. “Especially the rumours that there should be a transfer and there’s no sign from Juventus in this regard.
“Last season he scored 36 goals in 44 games, the numbers don’t always say everything but hide many truths, we are happy that Ronaldo will join the team as soon as he has finished his holidays.”