Was Cristiano Ronaldo Really The Problem Of Juventus?
Juventus football club is widely known as one of the biggest teams in the world. In the Italian Serie A, they are regarded as the best team, following their dominance in the league over the past decade. They won the league for 9 consecutive times (2012-2020), a feat that has never been achieved by any club in Europe.
On the 10th of July, 2018, the Italian giants acquired the services of the 34-year old from Real Madrid for a fee of €117 million, in a plot to win the Champions League trophy which the club has not won since their inception.
During Ronaldo’s first season at Juventus (2018/19), they won the Italian Super Cup and the Serie A, but failed to win the Italian Cup, and didn’t progress beyond the Champions league quarter final, after being knocked out by Ajax.
For the 2019/20 season, things became even harder for the Italian champions. Although they won the league, they lost the Super Cup and were also painfully knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Lyon. It was a very bad record for a team that had reached the UCL finals in 2015 and 2017.
The 2020/21 season topped their woe, as they were dethroned from being the Champions of Italy, to the point of fighting for UCL qualification. They finished the season on fourth position in the table, and were knocked out by Porto in the UCL round of 16.
While all these were happening, blames were being thrown at Cristiano Ronaldo as being the architect of their shortcomings. This was pointing to the fact that the Portuguese was not a team player, but an individualistic one, which in turn changed the strategy and playing style of the team.
Following the departure of the 36-year old from the club this summer, his critics as well as football supporters around the world expected a change in the team’s results, but the the opposite has been the case.
Juventus have lost their first two matches in the post-ronaldo era, losing 1-0 to newly promoted side, Empoli, and suffering a 2-1 defeat to Napoli in the matchday 3 of the Serie A season. They currently occupy the 16th position on the table, a scenario that has never occurred for over a decade now.
With the absence of Ronaldo, the club is now in a state below where they were in the previous three seasons with him. This clearly shows that he was never their problem.
Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo was the architect of Juventus problems?