It is reassuring to have such great scissors as Cristiano Ronaldo (36) in your ranks. His record: 679 goals for the club in 900 games. But it is also wrong to completely rely on the star. This is what happened at Juventus Turin.
Defender Leonardo Bonucci (34) reveals in “The Athletic” why things did not go particularly well in Turin last season. Subconsciously, the players began to think that Ronaldo was enough to win matches. They began to neglect their daily work and dedication to teamwork.
They relied a lot on Ronaldo shooting Juventus for victory. There was a lot of boiling within the team at this time. Bonucci describes the mood as: “A piece of wood would have caught fire if it had been thrown into the cabin.”
criticized for behavior
During his time in Turin, the Portuguese experienced a few dropouts that made people shake their heads. In November 2019, Ronaldo was replaced after 55 minutes by then-Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri (62) in the match against Milan. The 36-year-old broke into the locker room, showered and left the field before the match ended.
Also in the 3-1 win over Genoa in April 2021, CR7 threw his shirt to the floor in anger after the final whistle and swerved away. Reason: not registered. There was, among other things, criticism from the legend of Italian striker Luca Toni (44): “I stayed on the pitch in moments like this to celebrate. I endured the disappointment.”
Manchester United are back on the right track
Now the Portuguese has returned to Manchester United. And it works. On Wednesday, CR7 meets for the fifth time in the fifth inning and sets a record: his 178th match in the first division.
The fact that Ronaldo is in such good shape is even more important for Manchester United, as Jadon Sancho (21), another newcomer, has yet to prove his potential.
Ronaldo was said to have said to his teammates when he arrived: “I will do my best, but I need your support.” The 36-year-old appears to have learned something from his time at Juventus. Ronaldo, completely detached again.
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