Cristiano Ronaldo Man United debut: Marocchi reveals ‘one thing’ CR7 didn’t do at Juventus

by | Sep 12, 2021 11:08

Former Juventus midfielder Giancarlo Marocchi highlights Cristiano Ronaldo played as a centre forward on his Manchester United debut: ‘He had refused to do so in Turin.’

The Portuguese marked his return to Old Trafford with a brace against Newcastle.

On the other hand, Juventus lost their second match in a row against Napoli at the Stadio Maradona.

The Bianconeri have just one point after the first three Serie A games and lost two matches from two after Ronaldo’s sale.

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Marocchi, a former Juventus and Bologna midfielder, commented on Ronaldo’s second debut with the Red Devils.

“I noticed he played a centre forward yesterday, which is something he refused to do when he was at Juventus,” the former Italy winger, now a pundit for Sky Sport Italia, said.

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in a €15m deal from Juventus. The Red Devils can pay an extra €8m in bonuses.

The 36-year-old scored 101 goals in 134 appearances, with the Bianconeri playing under Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo.

However, during his time in Turin, Ronaldo rarely played as a centre forward, opting to start on the left, cutting inside onto his right foot.

Maurizio Sarri even travelled to South France to meet Ronaldo on his yacht before the 2019-20 campaign asking him to place as a classic centre forward during the campaign.

However, Ronaldo insisted he wouldn’t consider changing his position.

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7 Comments

  1. Stefanopolles

    Yet he scored goals like crazy and always came to play during champions league

  2. JuveNtino

    Ronaldo will score goals wherever he goes but at Juve he thought he was bigger than the club and in my opinion Juve gave him far too much respect. They allowed him to play wherever he wanted, got rid of Allegri and other managers he didn’t like and lost their identity. Juve got to 2 champions league finals without him because they played like a team and not please one individual. After 3 years of Ronaldo its going to take Juve some time to rediscover their identity. At Man Utd he’s not going to get a manager or player trying to please him. They will play like a team and you can see he is already giving Man Utd a lot more respect by agreeing to play as a centre forward.

  3. Rock

    A player should be @ the teams’ & coaches’ disposal not the other way round, this is why for the most part CR7 did not work. He didnt come to play vs Porto! he was a ghost!

  4. juvemania

    in juve they are all bowed down to ronaldo and ronaldo didn’t even cares. he play whenever he want.
    he chosen his own positions.
    he can select who juventus coach he likes.
    ronaldo just made juve smaller than him.
    and i pity all juventus legends that worshipped ronaldo too like delpiero and buffon. they are all greater than ronaldo.
    juventus must leaned that you can’t buy GRINTA.
    and no matter how much u pay a star would get u to success.morrati learned this when he bought brazilian ronaldo and Figo 2 decades ago.
    agnelli, nedved and paratici just copied moratti wrong moves.
    and we also became more south America and full of foreign players. a copied of intermilan idealism and the juve at del neri era.
    thats good era because we full of players who cares more about their wages like a mercenaries. so we finished at 7 positions twice.
    i love foreigner players because lots of them just pretending play for the team. and we always see the results.

  5. Dera dike

    All gou Juventus fans making such remarks about Ronaldo, sorry to say this, but you guys are ingrates.
    This is a man who gave his al for you. Your team and club lacks creative players who can deliver balls and distract defenders, and you also lack a main creative striker too.
    Your team basically lacks what it takes to make defenders tremble. Can’t you understand that Ronaldo’s play depends on that? Check your whole team, how many of them scored up to 15 goals in the serie A per season?
    How do you blame a man who decides to play on the wing, and yet from that same wing, scores 101 goals in 134 matches for you in three seasons and meanwhile none of the other team mates have the drive and desire to go forward and cause problems?

    You all saying such are ingrates.
    You need to sit down and look at your team. When he was there, he was doing all the work. Midfield, defense, striking…yet, you insult him…
    I’m a madrid fan, and I can tell you categorically that Ronaldo’s team mates there had class and desire, and that always worked cos it allowed him space to deliver.
    If we had been as useless, we won’t win three champions league titles back-to-back, cos if you check, cos the other players in the team did their part, the success was guaranteed cos defenders were focusing on Ronaldo.

    You guys need to rethink and share your sentiments from a realistic and unprejudiced point of view.

  6. Darrel jupiter

    Please Foot Italia For the Last time Stop With Those Ronaldo Articles… This Guy is Gone,Lets Talk about the Present… This Site is For Serie A Only… CR7 is a EPL Player Now…..

  7. Lala

    Ronaldo did his job 101 goals 22 assists. Despite juventus very bad pass it to the back play it safe tactic. And despite weird sells and weird players to buy.

    Morata as a help? Really? Why did we buy kulusevski 35 millions? Why mckennie is even at juventus? Arthur 72 millions? Why did we sell emre can mandzukik higuain and pjanic? This is not transfer decision a champion club makes

    Ronaldo accepted to play center forward at united. Because they have a very attacking football and provides tons of quality pass to their forwards. Something juventus didnt do

    Alex sandro never would had done the pass to sprinting ronaldo like luke shaw. He would had simply pass the ball to bonucci who then will pass it to chilienni 😂 they dont have a testosterone attack mentality

    In summary juventus hired ronaldo. But didnt offer tactics and teamates that suit his testosterone attack mentality. Ronaldo love sprinting/danger/trying riskey stuff. He dont like the pass it to the back and wait god provide with good safe opportunity tactic 😂

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