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Former Juventus Boss Maurizio Sarri Claims That it is Not Easy to Manage Cristiano Ronaldo

Arjun Singh Devgan
Maurizio Sarri managed Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Juventus
Maurizio Sarri managed Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Juventus / Claudio Villa./Getty Images

Former Juventus and current Lazio manager, Maurizio Sarri has made a huge claim, revealing that managing footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is "not simple" considering that the player is a "multinational company" himself.

Sarri who took over the managerial reigns at Juventus in the summer of 2019, led the Bianconeri to the Serie A title that season, but was sacked following their exit in the round of 16 of the Champions League at the hands of Lyon.

Ronaldo had scored 30 goals in Sarri's sole season with Juventus, but despite his goal haul - the Italian admitted that managing the 36-year-old is not easy, irrespective of his numbers.

"Ronaldo's management is not simple, from all points of view. He is a multinational company; he has personal interests that must coincide with football. His interests go beyond what is normal, beyond the team or club. I am a coach, not a manager. Ronaldo, however, brings the numbers at the end of the year," he told radio station Sport Italia.

"But in recent years, I hear a lot about players and little about teams."

Sarri who is widely hailed as one of the best tactical coaches in the sport, reiterated that despite his success with Juventus, he was not appreciated by the club's hierarchy and fans.

"The Scudetto was taken for granted at Juventus, both on the outside and on the inside. We didn't even celebrate. Everyone went to dinner on their own. Probably the best year to go to Juventus was this, the fourth place was celebrated. In football, victory is not a foregone conclusion. Sometimes you work hard and you can't win."

The Bianconeri had a poor 2020/21 season, losing their league title to rivals, Inter Milan while also getting knocked out in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League by Porto.