- Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Juventus during the summer transfer window for Man Utd
- Juventus have a poor start to the season, while Ronaldo’s future is up in the air
- Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have been critical of their ex-partners
- Now an alarming new report in Italy claims Ronaldo broke Juventus rules
- The Portuguese star failed in his defensive duties and was treated differently
Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus is still on hold, with a new report in Italy claiming he failed to follow the most important dressing room rules.
italian publication tuttosport Report that it was a rule matter for Ronaldo and another for the rest of the team during his three years in Turin, although the club found success during his first two seasons.
He claims Ronaldo ‘broke the rules’ of ‘equality, unity and humility’ among Juve’s tight-knit squad – something defender Leonardo Bonucci said earlier this week when he insisted they would be without the Portuguese. Playing like a team.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of ‘breaking the rules’ inside the Juventus dressing room
Ronaldo’s uncertain future at Juve last summer coincided with a poor start to the season
Prior to Ronaldo’s arrival in 2018, previous first-choice strikers Carlos Tevez, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain all defended as a team and were flexible in their roles to help Juve win.
Other high-profile arrivals – such as Paul Pogba, Dani Alves and Andrea Pirlo – haven’t had a problem with it in the past either. However, tuttosport It is said that this was not the case with Ronaldo after the £100 million switch from Real Madrid.
It is claimed that the veteran forward ‘was never part of the pack’ and ‘never participated in the defensive phase’ when it comes to defense as a unit.
Reports suggest that wrong passes would lead to encouragement rather than criticism, but that was not always the case with the Portuguese superstar.
It is claimed that Ronaldo’s presence affected the team on and off the pitch and was a contributing factor to the campaign’s poor start – the Serie A organization winning only one of its opening four matches in all competitions. Ronaldo was still on Juve’s books for the first three of those games.
tuttosport It is said that ‘cracks’ began to appear in the dressing room, especially when it comes to discipline, and Ronaldo’s participation in the starting XI left Juventus less compact and fragile on the back.
Similar claims have already been made for Manchester United as Ronaldo returned in the summer in a £19.7million deal, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently defending the star’s work-rate.
The Italian newspaper reported that the forward’s attacking qualities could not be questioned – he scored 101 goals in 134 games – but was reportedly seen to lack defensive effort in terms of getting back on track and adapting to team spirit.
Former Juve strikers like Carlos Tevez were willing to work hard for the team unlike Ronaldo
Ronaldo completes £19.7m return to Manchester United in last week of August
The 36-year-old left the Italian giants on 31 August to return to United – a deal that spanned Juventus three games into the season.
Juve are currently enjoying a nine-game unbeaten run – winning eight of those fixtures and highlighting their rise to Ronaldo’s later form.
The experienced centre-back duo of Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have attributed at least some of their improvement to the fact that Ronaldo has now moved away from Turin.
Speaking this week, Chiellini told DAZN: ‘Ronaldo left on August 28 and it certainly would have been better if he had gone earlier so that we could prepare. Unfortunately, we paid a price for it.
Giorgio Chiellini (left) slammed Ronaldo for leaving Juventus too late in the transfer window
Chiellini claims Juventus were surprised by Ronaldo’s exit that earned them points in Serie A
“It shocks the system and because of that we lost points in the opening game. Had he left on August 1, we would have had time to regroup and get ready for the start of the season.
Asked by Sky Sport Italia this week whether Juventus are playing more as a team without Ronaldo, Bonucci said: ‘It is absolutely true.
‘We lost this trait to Juve in the recent past, we were playing with great champions like CR7 and we always wanted to put him in a position to do well, thinking he could solve all matches Is.
‘This year we are rediscovering the right humility that helps us achieve victory.’
It was not the first time Bonucci has spoken out about the change at Juventus since Ronaldo’s departure, with the Italian explaining he relied heavily on the former Real Madrid man.
‘Cristiano’s presence had a huge impact on us. Just training with him gave us something extra, but subconsciously the players started feeling that his presence alone was enough to win the game. Athletic.
‘We began to dwindle a little in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your partner day after day. Over the years, I think you can see it.’
Leonardo Bonucci (right) says Juventus are playing more in solidarity without Ronaldo