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'Cristiano Ronaldo's Always a Bit Selfish' - Antonio Cassano Claims Striker is Struggling Under Andrea Pirlo

Arjun Singh Devgan
Antonio Cassano has labelled Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo as "selfish"
Antonio Cassano has labelled Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo as "selfish" / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Former Italy and Real Madrid striker, Antonio Cassano has hit out at Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo - calling him "selfish", while also revealing that the Portugal striker is struggling to adapt to the club's playing style under Andrea Pirlo.

Ronaldo has as usual been the best player for Juventus this season, but had a quiet night against Porto during the Bianconeri's 2-1 loss in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Cassano who was considered to be one of the best talents of his generation, believes that while Ronaldo is still on top of his game, he is going through a difficult spell this season.

"I have always said, even though he is a phenomenon and has scored a billion goals, that with Andrea Pirlo's idea of football he could run into difficulties. He scores a goal per game, it's true, but he struggles with Andrea's idea. He's always been a bit selfish, he doesn't give a damn about others scoring goals," he said as quoted by Goal.

"He's the kind of player that lives to score, not for the game, for the great match. He lives to score and in this moment the situation is getting worse. The years pass for everyone and he is having difficulties. The paradox is that Juventus have bought a player who has won five Champions Leagues but has so many difficulties in the Champions League.

"This is because, since [Maurizio] Sarri, Juventus are trying to show a style that is different to its history. It's clear that Pirlo must be judged in four or five years, but Juventus want everything immediately."

Cassano's claim might come as a surprise to many considering that Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in just 27 games in all competitions so far this season, with there being no doubt that their hopes of winning silverware depending on the performances of the five-time Ballon d'Or award winner.