Cristiano Ronaldo criticized by Juventus legends for putting struggling Serie A giants ‘in a difficult position’ with Manchester United’s belated exit and ‘departure in his private jet’ without saying goodbye to fans
- Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a dramatic return to Manchester United last week
- He has been criticized by Juventus legends Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi
- They say the fans and the club deserve better as Ronaldo left the window late
- The 36-year-old could be lining up to make his second debut for Unied next week
Cristiano Ronaldo has been widely criticized by Juventus legends after he left the Italian club for Manchester United last week.
The 36-year-old ended his three-year sojourn in Turin last week by sealing a return to Manchester United in a deal worth £19.4 million.
But Ronaldo has now been heavily criticized by former Juventus stars Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi, who said the fans “deserved something better” and “Juventus deserves more respect”.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily criticized after his return to Manchester United
Alessio Tacchinardi spent 13 years with Juventus and won six Serie A titles with the club
The Portugal international was closely linked with a move to rivals Manchester City just hours before his return to Old Trafford was announced and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later admitted he was surprised that Ronaldo was available to leave Juventus.
Tacchinardi told Tuttosport: “Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not in his private jet while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli.”
“I expected a press conference to say goodbye to the fans. They deserved something else.
“There are no more legends like Del Piero, Totti, Maldini or Zanetti, but it was not nice to hear from Ronaldo that he went back to a place where he feels at home.
“He put Juventus in a difficult situation. He left a few days before the end of the transfer window. It’s impossible to replace a scoring machine like him.”
Four-time Serie A winner Brio added: “Juventus deserve more respect, I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snap at the club like that. It wasn’t nice of him.
“I always praise the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different.
Sergio Brio says it was the right decision to let Ronaldo leave the club
“Maybe they didn’t part gracefully, but I’m convinced it was the right choice for the player and the club. If a player has to stay, he can cause damage to his teammates and the club.”
Ronaldo broke another record on Wednesday night, becoming the all-time top goalscorer in international men’s football with 111 goals after his brace against Ireland.
He was later sacked from international service after receiving his second warning from the World Cup qualifying campaign during that match and could be in line to make his second debut for the club next weekend, when the Red Devils take it on. against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
During his first stint at United, he won nine trophies, including three consecutive league titles and the Champions League in 2008.
Ronaldo became the all-time top goalscorer for men on Wednesday evening