Danilo: ‘Juventus can win without Cristiano Ronaldo’

by | Nov 16, 2021 20:50

Danilo admits ‘any team would miss Cristiano Ronaldo,’ but Juventus have what it takes to get back to winning ways without him. ‘And Cristiano knows that.’

The Bianconeri have struggled so far in Serie A this season, although they have a 100 per cent record in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo scored huge goals for Manchester United in Europe and the Premier League.

“Any team would miss Cristiano Ronaldo and all the sides he left have suffered his absence,” Danilo told Goal Brasil.

“The years go by and he remains dominant. With him, every chance is a goal, the numbers don’t lie and he is extremely competitive.

“I learned a great deal from playing with Ronaldo at Juve, we still talk today and wish each other good luck before games, every now and then.

“We will continue to miss him, of course, but Juventus have the capacity and the DNA to get back on track even without Ronaldo and achieve victories with hard work and sacrifice. And Cristiano knows that.”

CR7 scored 101 goals in 134 competitive matches while wearing the Juventus jersey and was crowned Capocannoniere in Serie A last season with 29 goals in 33 games.

So far this term at Manchester United, the Portugal international has put the ball in the net nine times in just nine matches between the Premier League and the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Danilo is well aware that he represents more of a Max Allegri style player than Cristiano Ronaldo, because of his versatility and work-rate.

“I know that I am not a star man or a player who puts on a show, but I am important tactically and for the defensive balance. I can also help build out from the back.”

The 30-year-old Brazilian has been at Juventus since leaving Manchester City in 2019, featuring at right-back, left-back or in central defence, while he can also be moved to a more advanced midfield role.

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