Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United is turning into a nightmare and perhaps, his decision to leave Real Madrid in 2018 was not the right one.
Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 games over three seasons at Juventus, but somehow his spell in Turin was not as successful as many thought when the Portuguese ace landed in Turin in the summer of 2018.
The Bianconeri never went beyond the Champions League quarter-finals while Ronaldo was in Turin and were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Lyon and Porto in his last two seasons at the club.
Although he took only three years to become one of the best scorers in the club’s history, Juventus’ results didn’t improve with Ronaldo and the Serie A giants failed to retain the Scudetto for the tenth year in a row under Andrea Pirlo last term.
Juventus legend Gigi Buffon explained why Ronaldo’s time in Turin was somehow disappointed earlier this month.
“I think Juve lost that DNA of being a team,” the goalkeeper said.
“We reached the Champions League Final in 2017 because we were a side full of experience, but above all we were a single unit and there was this competition for places within the group that was very strong. We lost that with Ronaldo.”
CR7 ran away from Turin in August, returning to Manchester United, but the Red Devils are also struggling this season and could even fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 22 appearances with the Premier League giants who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, hiring Ralf Rangnick.
Ronaldo has worked with five different coaches in less than four years: Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, Solskjaer and Rangnick at Old Trafford.
Lack of stability hasn’t helped Ronaldo, who kept helping his teams, scoring bags of goals year in, year out.
However, the five-time Champions League winner and the best scorer in the competition’s history has failed even to reach the semis during his time in Turin and Manchester United don’t seem to be at the same level as Europe’s top clubs this season.
According to Sport.es, Ronaldo is so fed up about the Red Devils that he is even open to joining Barcelona and has asked his agent Jorge Mendes to find a new team.
Honestly, it sounds unlikely, but whether that is true or not, Ronaldo’s career has somehow gone downhill since he joined Juventus from Real Madrid and the Nou Camp doesn’t seem to be the place to turn his fortunes around.