Cristiano Ronaldo Slammed by Juventus Legends for Man Utd Transfer

By Amreen
Juve legends critised Ronaldo for exit
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised by Juventus legends for leaving the club and returning to Manchester United last week.

The 36-year-old ended his three-year stay in Turin by sealing a return to Old Trafford in a deal worth £19.4m. But the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been slammed by Juventus stars Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi, who claimed that the fans 'deserved something better' and 'Juventus deserve more respect'.

Tacchinardi told Tuttosport: "Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not on his private jet while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli. I expected a press conference to say goodbye to the fans. They deserved something different.

"There are no more legends such as [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Francesco] Totti, [Paolo] Maldini or [Javier] Zanetti, but it wasn’t nice to hear from Ronaldo that he was going back to a place he feels like home. He put Juventus in a difficult situation, leaving a few days before the end of the transfer window, it is impossible to replace a goal machine like him."

Four-time Serie A winner Brio added: "Juventus deserve more respect, I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this. It was not nice of him.

"I always speak highly of the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different. Perhaps they didn’t break up gracefully, but I am convinced it was the right thing for the player and the club. If a player is forced to stay, he could cause damage to his teammates and the club."

Ronaldo returns to United, 12 years after making his debut with the Old Trafford club, winning nine trophies, including three consecutive Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008.