Monday, 18 October 2021

Juventus former president Gigli wants Ronaldo leaves

Juventus former president Gigli wants Ronaldo leaves

Cristiano Ronaldo was benched for the Serie A opener and is reportedly angling to move to Manchester City - and the former Turin supremo wants him gone..

Former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli says Cristiano Ronaldo is hindering the club's attempts to win back the Serie A title and wants him to get sold before the transfer window closes.

Ronaldo joined Juve from Real Madrid in a €100 million transfer ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and signed a lucrative four-year contract. He is into the final year of that deal, and a move away from the club has got mooted.

The Portuguese forward reportedly asked to be on the bench for Juve's 2-2 Serie A draw with Udinese on Sunday and is said to be angling for a move to Manchester City, and Gigli thinks his old club would do well to get rid of the player.

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What was said?

Gigli, who was Juve president between 2006 and 2009, told SerieANews:

"I've am honest every time: signing Cristiano Ronaldo was a mistake. It's impossible to regain the investment, and it will remain the same.

"I desire that [Juve head coach] Massimiliano Allegri learns how to continue using him as he did against Udinese. That is, with intellect and when the game is in progress.

"Cristiano Ronaldo hampers Juventus' attack. Without him, they can do magnificent things in collective terms."

Will Ronaldo leave Juventus?

The five-time Ballon D'Or winner remains one of the world's best players even at the age of 36, but the number of clubs who could attract his talents are few - and those who could afford them even more scarce.

Man City would be one, but they are focused on signing Harry Kane ahead of Ronaldo, while PSG moved for Barcelona icon Lionel Messi ahead of his great rival. Moves to MLS or the Middle East have also got reported at various times.

Juve manager Allegri meanwhile, is still convinced Ronaldo will not leave this month. Last week, he told reporters:

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a bonus for us because he guarantees a large number of goals. We also have to work as a team to get the best out of a solely.

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