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Alessandro Del Piero Insists Cristiano Ronaldo Is Not the Problem at Juventus

Ali Shibil Roshan
Ronaldo drew blank in Juventus' shock defeat to Benevento last week
Ronaldo drew blank in Juventus' shock defeat to Benevento last week / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Alessandro Del Piero has jumped to the defense of Cristiano Ronaldo amid criticism of the Portuguese superstar for Juventus' struggles.

Ronaldo was heavily criticised after Porto eliminated the Old Lady from the UEFA Champions League earlier this month.

Juventus' hopes of retaining the Serie A title are all but over after they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to Benevento last week. The defending champions are now 10 points behind league leaders Inter Milan.

While criticism of Ronaldo has increased in recent weeks, Del Piero insists the Portugal international is not the problem at Juventus. The former Italy international also said Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world and is someone who scores in every game.

"You can't see Cristiano Ronaldo as a problem," Del Piero told ESPN [via Ronaldo.com]. "You embraced him three years ago, so you go with him.

"He's one of the best players in the world, with [Lionel] Messi. And now there are a couple of others that are doing quite well. [Kylian] Mbappé and [Erling Braut] Haaland, for example, or Neymar.

"But he's a great guy, he’s a guy that scores every game. That's why they brought Ronaldo, for him to score every game and bring them the Champions League.

"Unfortunately, the Champions League is the situation where Juve are the worst actually. They exited the quarter-finals once and the round of 16 in the other two. So they are very poor results.

"But you need to build a team for him, and that's one of the keys. Juve have been winning for nine years in a row. It’s also about keeping that level of concentration and energy on top, which is very tough."