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Former Juventus President Believes Signing Cristiano Ronaldo Was a Mistake

Mudeet Arora
Giovanni Cobolli Gigli believes Ronaldo should leave Juventus immediately
Giovanni Cobolli Gigli believes Ronaldo should leave Juventus immediately / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, who once led the reigns at Juventus as the club president has urged the Bianconeri to remove Cristiano Ronaldo and stated that signing the Portuguese maestro was a mistake.

Ronaldo was benched for Juventus' Serie A clash against Udinese on Sunday and it was reported that the player decided not to start the game.

Gigli believes Ronaldo has done more wrong for Juventus than right since signing for the club and thinks it's best for him to leave.

Speaking to SerieANews.com, Gigli controversially stated, "I've always been honest: signing Ronaldo was a mistake. It's impossible to recoup the investment and it will remain that way.

"He's a great player, but I have to be honest – the sooner he leaves, the better for him and for Juventus.

"I hope that [Juve head coach] Massimiliano Allegri knows how to continue using him like he did against Udinese. That is, with intelligence and when the game is in progress. 

"Ronaldo hampers Juventus' attack. Without him, they can do excellent things in collective terms."

In Ronaldo's absence, Juventus failed to win their Serie A opener as they surrendered a 2-0 lead against Udinese, who made a stunning comeback in the game to gain a point.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a transfer away from Juventus and as per reports in L’Equipe, the Real Madrid legend is more than keen on joining Manchester City with Bernardo Silva or Aymeric Laporte potentially moving to the Turin based club.

Furthermore, reports also go on to state that Manchester City are ready to pay Ronaldo's €31m-a-year salary if he decides to join them this summer.