Juventus' legendary defender, Giorgio Chiellini has admitted that the Bianconeri paid for the "shock" of allowing footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club and that it would have been better if he had left "earlier".
There were reports circulating that Ronaldo was frustrated with life in Turin and was looking for a change in scenery and with his move to Manchester United only being finalised in the final days of the summer transfer window - Juventus were left scrambling to find a suitable replacement for the striker.
"We had arrived at a point in our relationship where Cristiano needed new goals and a team that would play for him, because when he finds a team like that he is decisive. He is proving it in these months and he has also shown it with us," Chiellini told DAZN.
“Here at Juventus, a programme of rejuvenation and restarting was born. If Ronaldo had stayed, he would have been an added value, but it is normal that he thought more about the present than the future.
“Ronaldo left on August 28, it would have been better for us if he had left earlier. We paid something for it, a little bit of a shock, we paid something for it in terms of points. If he had left earlier we would have had time to prepare better.”
The 36-year-old was brilliant during his three seasons with the Bianconeri, scoring a staggering 101 goals in just 134 appearances and helping them win two Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia.