One of the star players who have recently continued to be in the spotlight is Cristiano Ronaldo. The winner of five Ballon d’Or is considered the culprit for Juventus’ decline this season, including the failure in the European Champions League.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old player was bought from Real Madrid dearly in 2018 with the hope of bringing Juventus to the European Champions League, the trophy the club has been dreaming of for more than two decades.
Of course, the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Bianconneri’s squad makes the public believe that Juventus’ game will center on the Portuguese player.
In short, the Bianconneri’s game scheme, which is known to be tactical, has become monotonous because the player depends on him, and the opponent only needs to give him a tight guard on Ronaldo so that Juventus can’t do much.
Ronaldo was also wronged when Juventus failed to step into the quarter-finals of the European Champions League after being defeated by FC Porto. He did silence criticism through Hattrick’s score against Cagliari, but after that Juventus lost 0-1 to Benevento.
The home defeat against a ‘crappy’ team made Ronaldo the target of criticism again. Moreover, because of that defeat, Juventus’ hopes of winning Serie A this season have become increasingly dwindling.
No doubt, the echo of the fans’ voices to release Cristiano Ronaldo this summer will start to be heard, but club legend Alessandro Del Piero has a different response.
“You can’t see Ronaldo as a problem. You embraced him three years ago, so you have to walk with him,”
“He is one of the best players in the world, along with Messi. And now there are some players who are doing quite well. Mbappe and Haaland for example, or Neymar,” Del Piero told ESPN.
In fact, Del Piero suggested that Juventus management could build a special team to maximize Ronaldo’s potential.
“But you have to build a team around him, and that is one of the keys. Juve have been champions for nine years in a row. It’s a matter of maintaining concentration and energy at a top level, which is very tough.” He said.