Former Juventus manager believes the Portuguese superstar has helped Italian football go ‘all over the world’.
Having leftReal Madrid
with a £100 million deal,
in 2018. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been a crucial player for the Bianconeri in recent seasons as he has scored 75 goals in his 87 league games for the Italian side. The player has been recently linked with a move away from Turin, but
says his effect on Italian football goes beyond his performances for Juventus.
“Ronaldo was important for Serie A. Everyone spoke about Italian football when he joined Juventus,”
Sky Sport Italia.
“We had become the third or fourth most important league globally, and all other Serie A clubs have benefitted from Ronaldo’s signing.
“Let’s thank Juventus because Italian football has gone all over the world thanks to Ronaldo.”
The 36-year-old was criticized for his performance against Porto in the Champions League as Andrea Pirlo’s side were crushed out of the competition.
“That being said, it is the team that wins the Champions League. Massimiliano Allegri had a different midfield when he reached the final twice. Juventus’ problem lies in midfield.
“Why did Ronaldo play badly against Porto? Probably he felt a bit of pressure coming from playing against a Portuguese club. Then he played against his former teammate Pepe, who knows him well. But the problem is that he didn’t get service.”
Ronaldo scored a perfect hat-trick in Juventus' 3-1 win overCagliari
on Sunday. The Bianconeri will faceBenevento
in their next Serie A match on March 21.