Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci slam Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo began the season with the Old Lady, where he had spent the previous three seasons, but in the final week of August, he returned to former club United for a £19.7 million transfer price.
Chiellini’s Juventus had a bad start to the season, with no wins in their first four league games, and the Italian defender, along with his partner Leonardo Bonucci, blamed Ronaldo for the club’s dismal start.
‘We had reached a moment in the relationship when Cristiano needed fresh incentives and a new club that could play for him, because when he finds such a team, he is decisive,’ Chiellini told DAZN after Juventus’ 1 – 0 triumph over Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.
‘He has been demonstrating it in recent months and throughout his three years with us.’
‘Here at Juventus, a rejuvenation relaunch initiative grew. If Ronaldo had stayed, it would have been a bonus that we would have gladly taken advantage of, but he may be more concerned with the here and now than with the future.
‘He went on the 28th of August; it would have been better for us if he had left sooner.’ It’s something we paid for; there’s a little surprise in store for you, and in my perspective, we paid for it in points.
‘If he had left on August 1st, we would have had more time to prepare.’
Bonucci, Chiellini’s Juventus defensive partner, also admitted that the Old Lady are playing with more unity since that Ronaldo has left Turin.
‘It’s completely true,’ the Italian defender stated when asked by Sky Sport Italia if Juventus are playing more as a team without Ronaldo.
‘We had lost this trait from Juve in the recent past, when we were playing with a great champion like CR7 and we wanted to place him in a position to always do well, thinking he could solve all the matches.’
‘This year, we’re realizing the importance of correct humility in regaining triumph.’