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Bonucci on Ronaldo’s situation at Juventus

Wed 29 September 2021 | 9:49

The Bianconeri defender believes the Juve squad ‘subconsciously started to think’ the Portugal international’s presence ‘was enough to win games’.

Cristiano Ronaldo

departed

Juventus

after three season and made a move back to

Manchester United

after contributing to two Scudetto victories as well as one Coppa Italia with the Old Lady.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joined the Allianz Stadium in 2018 and was considered the missing puzzle for Juventus’ hunt for a Champions League victory.

The Portuguese superstar left Juve three season later, after meeting the back of the net 101 times in 134 matches.

The 36-year-old scored four goals in four matches for the Red Devils and

Leonardo Bonucci

revealed that the icon had a subconscious effect on Juve players.

“This was the thing,”

Bonucci told

The Athletic

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“The idea that one player, even the best in the world, could guarantee Juventus victory.

“Cristiano’s presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra but subconsciously players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games.

“We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your team-mate day after day. Over the last few years, I think you could see that.”

Notwithstanding his own impressive record in Serie A, Bonucci thinks CR7 needed ‘the team as much as we needed him’.

“Last season, we finished fourth and won the Coppa Italia because we became a team again. If you had thrown a piece of wood in the dressing room before those games it would have caught fire such was the electricity running through it.

“We missed that. Maybe it was taken for granted that if we gave the ball to Cristiano, he’d win us the game.

“But Cristiano needed the team as much as we needed him. There had to be a trade-off because it’s the team that lifts the individual even if the individual is the best player on the planet.”


source: SportMob

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