– The club benefited from refraining from signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Serie A expert Rolf Otto Eriksen told Netavisen.
Juventus is going through a difficult period in the club’s history, trailing by a full 12 points behind Serie A leaders Inter this year.
The problems already started piling up last season, when the same club took the league gold by a good margin for the rest of the contenders. With figures like Cristiano Ronaldo, Pablo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon in the stable, there were even greater expectations for the traditional club.
Now the latter has taken the magazine by mouth, citing the current Manchester United star as one of the reasons the mistakes were made.
– We lost our DNA during his time at the club, says Buffon in an interview with TUDN.
We lost team spirit
Buffon has more than 500 appearances for Juventus, playing for the Portuguese from 2019 to 2021. Then the 43-year-old is back to where it all began before this season, at Parma.
Juventus really had a chance to win the Champions League during Cristiano Ronaldo’s first season with the club. I was in PSG at the time, and I didn’t understand what happened, says the last chance of the year when the Italians lost the quarter-finals to Ajax.
– When I came back, I played with him for two years, but I felt like we lost our DNA. In 2017, we reached the Champions League final as a team, but we lost that team spirit with Ronaldo.
The star went from Madeira to Manchester United before this season, and scored several important goals for the Reds.
He thinks Buffon might be right
Rolf Otto Eriksen has been following Italian football for many years and recently witnessed Juventus’ lack of results. He thinks the Italian Fox has a good point about Ronaldo.
– I think Gigi (Buffon) has a good point there. It is the powerful machine of collectivism, unity and collegiality that has been the number one force for Juventus in the indomitable years. When Ronaldo comes, everything else plays the second violin – not only the other players, but also the collective, he told Netavizen.
Ronaldo scored many goals in Juventus, but I think the club benefited from not signing him, and in this way he showed that Juventus is still bigger than one player and more important. The point is, other players also expect Ronaldo to fix a steak – every time.
He also believes that Ronaldo’s presence may have surpassed other big files at the club.
He does something with a sense of responsibility too, and it can be weakened. Just look at the gem of Dybala. It’s hard for him to shine when Ronaldo keeps looking up to him. So, yes, I think Gigi is right, without explaining the full descent to La vecchia Signora, as Eriksen concludes.
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