Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has launched a scathing attack on Cristiano Ronaldo claiming that Juventus made an error by signing the Portugal international.
Ronaldo made the switch to Turin from Real Madrid in 2018, but has been unable to boost the Old Lady's Champions League fortunes, as they are yet to win the coveted trophy since his arrival. And Cassano believes Juve made a mistake by signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
"Juventus signed him to win the Champions League, but they've done worse with him than they've done before," Cassano said to Corriere dello Sport. "They would have won the Scudetto [Serie A title] without him. It was the wrong project.
“He'll keep scoring goals because he knows how to do that no matter what. He'll cut in from the left, get the ball on his right foot and fire it in. His headers are unique. But [head coach Andrea] Pirlo wants to build the play, pressure the opposition and play between the lines, and this means Cristiano doesn't participate much. I think he will have done badly unless they manage to win the Champions League."
Juventus were eliminated in a shock defeat to Lyon last year, and suffered a 2-1 loss to Porto in the first leg of their last-16 tie earlier this month. Andrea Pirlo's side are eight points off Serie A leaders Inter currently, and seem to have fallen out of the title race as the pressure racks up on the defending champions.