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'Cristiano Ronaldo was never a problem at Juventus' - Claudio Marchisio defends the superstar

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo played for Juventus between 2018 to 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo played for Juventus between 2018 to 2021 / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Former Juventus midfielder, Claudio Marchisio has opened up on footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo's spell at Turin - coming to the defence of the five-time Ballon d'Or award winner, considering that he was criticised by some section of the fans during his time with the Bianconeri.

Ronaldo moved to Italy in the summer of 2018 and stayed there for three years post which he left to re-join former club, Manchester United earlier this summer and while he did lead the club to titles, the Bianconeri failed to win the Champions League during his tenure.

Marchisio, who came through the youth academy at Juventus and played for the senior team between 2005 to 2018, left the club before he could play alongside Ronaldo - but he has stayed close to the club and insists that the side was wasn't properly built for a European challenge despite the presence of the Portugal icon in the squad.

“It was a great honor for the Juventus fans to have him at the club, regardless of the team’s results that everyone was hoping for, Ronaldo has always scored a lot of goals, which is why the management bought him in the first place," he said in an interview with with Pierluigi Pardo via JuveNews.

“A player alone can’t win the Champions League. I was sad because I wasn’t able play with him. I talked to my former teammates and they always described his work ethic to me, which he managed to pass on to everyone.

“He was never a problem, but the team around him was simply not built in the right way to play alongside him,” the Italian concluded.

Despite his detractors, there was no doubt that Ronaldo was deadly in front of goal as seen by the 101 goals he scored in 134 appearances for them, helping the club win two league titles while also winning numerous individual honours.