Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini had harsh words for Cristiano Ronaldo and Tuttosport explains that it has to do with CR7’s behaviour inside the locker room and on the pitch.
Both Juventus veterans have recently discussed what went wrong for Ronaldo at Juventus.
“Ronaldo left on August 28 and it certainly would’ve been better if he had gone earlier so we could prepare. Unfortunately, we paid a price for that,” Chiellini told DAZN.
“It does create a shock to the system and we lost points in the opening games because of that. If he’d left on August 1, then we would’ve had time to reorganise and be ready for the start of the season.”
Only a few weeks earlier, Bonucci had made similar claims, adding that Ronaldo’s move to Juventus also had a bad influence on the team.
“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,” he told The Athletic.
“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.”
Although the Portuguese ace scored 101 goals in 134 games with the Bianconeri, Tuttosport reports his behaviour in the dressing room and on the pitch wasn’t quite appreciated by some of his teammates.
Ronaldo hardly tracked back to help the team defensively and never adapted to the team spirit.
According to the report, Ronaldo ‘crumbled’ the rules inside the Juventus dressing room, which are made of equity, unity and humility.
Players felt that the law wasn’t the same for everyone, which affected the team on and off the pitch.
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