05.09.2021 » Juventus are still licking their wounds after losing Ronaldo
It may not have been as controversial and unexpected as his transfer move from Manchester United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, but still, Ronaldo's departure from Juventus in this year's transfer window has sent shockwaves across the globe and left Italy, and more particularly Juventus fans, with a bitter taste in their mouths. Italy was not the only country shaken with the news though, as his fans from countries like England and India were very vocal about their astonishment and in Croatia, many bookmakers listed at Sportskokladenje 24 had incredibly busy days adjusting odds and preparing new bets for the new season. The Bianconeri fans were expecting to see Ronaldo respect the contract terms and play his final season for the club, but a series of events throughout August led to an unpredicted outcome, with the Portuguese superstar returning to Old Trafford, which was his home for his first adventure abroad in his professional career.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Goodbye to Juventus:
The bitterness in some Juventus' former players
We already understood that not everyone was left happy with Ronaldo's announcement that he would be leaving the club. After all, the Portuguese striker was signed by the Vecchia Signora with the main objective of helping the club achieving success in the Champions League, which is something that, regardless of the reasons, simply has failed in Juventus' project.
Alessio Tacchinardi, a former Juventus player with more than 400 appearances for the club, defended the idea that Ronaldo should have done things differently in his last days in Turin. «He should have left us in a different way and not simply leaving the country in his private jet while his coach was talking to the media in a pre-match conference. He should have waited for a protocol event in which he could have said goodbye to the fans in a proper way», started by noting the 46-year old former Juve glory.
«Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus and the club's market strategy in a tough spot, because by announcing his departure just a few days before the transfer window closes, basically gave the club very little wiggle room to make the necessary adjustments in the team in order to find the right replacements», commented Tacchinardi.
We don't always say what we want, especially in goodbyes...
However, Tacchinardi wasn't the only Juventus former player who came to public to criticize Cristiano Ronaldo. A 65-year old Sergio Brio, who represented the club between 1978 and 1990, also expressed his view on Cristiano Ronaldo's farewell to the club.
Brio: «Quite simply, Juventus deserved more respect! I wasn't counting to see a player of Cristiano Ronaldo's caliber to leave the club the way he did... It wasn't a class act from his end. He remains a great player of course, mas his goodbye could and should have been done differently and with a different speech», remarked the former centre defender.
«I have always shown my respect to the clubs I have played for, because at the end of the day, there were the ones who believed in me. Maybe something went wrong between Cristiano and the board...», stated Brio, suggesting that the relationship between the Portuguese star and someone in the club's board may have not been the best in the past few weeks or months.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Portugal is on September 7, against Azerbaijan. You can watch Azerbaijan vs Portugal, Italy vs Bulgaria, Spain vs Georgia, Hungary vs England, Brazil vs Argentina, and Liechtenstein vs Germany, all matches provided from our football live game pages.
Portugal next game:
Azerbaijan vs Portugal kick-off time (07-09-2021):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 00:00
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 23:00
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 21:30
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 18:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 17:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 13:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 12:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 09:00