Cristiano Ronaldo is described as a non-unifying presence inside Manchester United’s locker room, similar to what happened at Juventus, especially over the last season.
Juventus miss a top scorer such as the Portuguese star who netted 101 goals in 134 appearances over three years in Turin.
However, his presence inside the dressing room was often described as potentially harmful for his teammates.
Back in May, La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote Ronaldo was ‘isolated’ inside the Bianconeri dressing room.
The relationship with his teammates deteriorated during the last months of his stay in Turin and many of his fellow Juventus players felt the club gave CR7 too much freedom.
Juventus’ President Andrea Agnelli and Exor Chairman and CEO John Elaknn accompanied the Portuguese star in his visit.
Ronaldo returned to Man United in a €15m deal in August, but despite still being the lethal goalscorer we all know, his rapport with the Red Devils teammates doesn’t seem to be too good.
‘Several of United’s younger players feel Ronaldo can be difficult to approach, with sources suggesting Cavani, even in broken English, is a more unifying presence,’ wrote The Athletic.
‘During his period at Juventus, regular observers felt that less experienced players such as Paulo Dybala shrank in Ronaldo’s presence.’
Both Leonardo Bonucci and Gigi Buffon have recently commented on Ronaldo’s exit, claiming that the Bianconeri gradually lost their DNA because of the 36-year-old.
“Cristiano’s presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra but subconsciously players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games,” Bonucci said in September.
“We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your teammate day after day. Over the last few years, I think you could see that.”
“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,” the veteran goalkeeper added last month.
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