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Former Juventus President Slams Cristiano Ronaldo; Says Club 'Made a Mistake' by Buying Him

By Amreen
Cristiano Ronaldo has come under criticism after another Champions League exit
Cristiano Ronaldo has come under criticism after another Champions League exit / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has claimed that the club made a mistake by signing Cristiano Ronaldo, and that they should sell him in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Ronaldo was signed from Real Madrid with an aim to help Juventus lift the Champions League trophy, but the Serie A giants crashed out of the competition for the second season in a row, giving way to speculation over Ronaldo's future at the club.

Juventus were dumped out of the competition earlier this week by 10-man Porto, who won the tie on away goals. And with his former club in turmoil, Cobolli has hit out at his ex-employers for bringing in Ronaldo on a £28million-per-year contract.

He told Radio Punto Nuovo, as reported by Marca: "Cristiano Ronaldo was a wrong purchase? Absolutely yes! I said it from day one, showing appreciation for a great champion that he is, but he is too expensive and too conditioning. It's Juventus' business to sell Ronaldo or not, but he's worth a million per goal.

"Agnelli took a risk, I'm not critical of Pirlo, I also had this experience with Ferrara. The team has had important absences, like Dybala, but would he have played? Juventus need to rebuild, Nedved was a great champion but he doesn't have the ability to be Juventus' vice president, he should rethink his role."

Cobolli's words come following a very cryptic statement by Juve's chief football officer Fabio Paratici, who said that the potential renewal of Ronaldo's contract is not presently 'on the agenda.'

"Fortunately, there's a year left on his contract; we have time eventually to discuss it with him", Paratici told Sky Italia. "Let's just say it's not on the agenda right now."