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Juventus Should 'Free' Cristiano Ronaldo at the End of the Season, Says Former Bianconeri President Giovanni Gigli

Ali Shibil Roshan
Juventus signed Ronaldo in 2018
Juventus signed Ronaldo in 2018 / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Juventus made an 'expensive' mistake by signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 and they should 'free' the Portuguese hitman at the end of the season, according to former Bianconeri president Giovanni Gigli.

Although Ronaldo has performed admirably in front of the goal, he has not been able to bring the Champions League glory to Turin. Juventus were eliminated by Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals in Ronaldo's first season at the club, while they crashed out of the tournament in the round-of-16 in the current and previous seasons.

While Gigli acknowledges Ronaldo is a 'great champion', he believes Juventus made a mistake by signing him. "Absolutely, yes! I said that on his very first day at Juventus. He is a great champion but is too expensive," Gigli told Radio Punto Nuovo [via Goal] when asked if the Portuguese was the wrong choice for the club.

"Now it's up to Juventus. They've been paying him €1m per goal. [Juve president Andrea] Agnelli must be self-critical, but he doesn't have great collaborators.

"The club should free Ronaldo at the end of the season and the same goes for [Fabio] Paratici. Maybe Agnelli had promoted him to remove him from his position afterwards. This could be the scenario."