Cristiano Ronaldo has been a failure at Juventus, claims Antonio Cassano

Cristiano Ronaldo has just over a year remaining on his current Juventus contract
Cristiano Ronaldo has just over a year remaining on his current Juventus contract (Picture: Getty)

Juventus were wrong to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and his time in Turin will go do as a failure, unless he wins the Champions League, according to Antonio Cassano.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar joined the Old Lady in the summer of 2018 and although he has helped Juventus maintain their dominance of Serie A, they have failed to make an impact in Europe.

Juventus were shocked in last season’s competition by Lyon and were beaten by Porto in the first leg of their last 16 tie earlier this month.

Andrea Pirlo’s side are currently eight points behind Serie A leaders Inter and although Cassano believes Ronaldo is not compatible with the style of football is former international teammate is trying to implement.

‘He has another year left in his contract, Juventus signed him to win the Champions League, but they have had worst results since he arrived,’ said Cassano. ‘They would have won Serie A titles also without him. It was the wrong project.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in Juventus' defeat against Porto
Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in Juventus’ defeat against Porto (Picture: Getty)

‘For 120 years, winning was the only thing that mattered at Juventus. It is still an obligation, but they tried to change their skin with Sarri and Andrea [Pirlo].

‘Ronaldo has nothing to do with Pirlo’s ideas. He will carry on scoring because he can do it even sitting. He cuts inside from the left and can destroy the goal and his headers are unique.

‘Andrea wants to build the action from the back, he wants to press high on the pitch. Ronaldo can decide games, but he doesn’t participate much.

‘I think he did badly in these years unless they manage to win the Champions League.’


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