After leaving Juventus for Manchester United last week, Cristiano Ronaldo has come under fire from Juventus legends.
The 36-year-three-year old’s spell in Turin came to an end when he returned to United in a £19.4 million move.
Former Juventus players Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi, meanwhile, have slammed Ronaldo, saying that the supporters “wanted something greater” and that “Juventus deserved more respect.”
Just hours before his return to Old Trafford, the Portugal international was extensively linked with a move to Manchester City, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later revealed that he was astonished that Ronaldo was available to leave Juventus.
‘Ronaldo should have departed in a different way, not on his private plane while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli,’ Tacchinardi told Tuttosport.
‘I was expecting a news conference to bid the supporters farewell.’ They deserved a break from the norm.
‘There are no more legends like [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Francesco] Totti, [Paolo] Maldini, or [Javier] Zanetti, but hearing from Ronaldo that he was returning to a place he considers home was disappointing.
‘He put Juventus in a tight predicament by leaving just days before the transfer window closed; a goal machine like him is impossible to replace.’
‘Juventus deserve more respect, I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this,’ said Brio, a four-time Serie A winner. It wasn’t very considerate of him.
‘I constantly praise the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce, and Pistoiese, because they signed me and believed in my abilities.’ Cristiano is a consummate professional, but his send-off could have been more memorable.
‘They may not have broken up gracefully, but I am confident it was the best decision for the player and the club.’ If a player is forced to stay, he may harm his teammates as well as the club.’