Former Italy international and Real Madrid striker, Antonio Cassano, has delivered a scathing assessment of Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Juventus.
While speaking on Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel, Bobo TV, the former AS Roma forward said the Portuguese superstar has been unable to help the Old Lady to the Champions League trophy since his arrival. He stated that the Serie A giants had signed the five-time world football of the year to achieve the aim.
Cassano also said Ronaldo created headache for former coaches, Maurizio Sarri, and Max Allegri, and current coach, Andrea Pirlo.
“Juventus got rid of a coach [Max Allegri] who, in the last 20 or 30 years, has produced the best football in Italy and his big problem was one: Cristiano Ronaldo. It was for [Maurizio] Sarri and it is for [Andrea] Pirlo,” Cassano said.
“Juve already got burned last year because Sarri was unable to find the right chemistry with him and some other players, and what do you do? You take another coach who would like to play football, and you still have Cristiano Ronaldo as a blocker for that.
“If you’ve chosen the path of [playing a certain type of] football, Ronaldo is not good. He’s someone you’ve to give the ball to, and he scores, thinking about his records. Ronaldo isn’t what he was four years ago.
“They signed him to win the Champions League, and they failed. Pirlo, as a coach, is a rookie, and he has not got the experience to handle the player with the highest media profile in the world on his team because he can create problems for you.
“[Dejan] Kulusevski, for example, is very conditioned by Ronaldo. He is not free. He is always looking for him. If you have young people without a strong mentality, then problems arise.”
Pirlo’s men are currently in the third position on the Serie A table with 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan. They were recently eliminated from the Champions League by FC Porto.