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Maurizio Sarri reveals that Cristiano Ronaldo didn't like the idea of playing as a striker at Juventus

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo was extremely successful at Juventus
Ronaldo was extremely successful at Juventus / Claudio Villa./GettyImages

Former Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri has revealed that footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo did not like playing as a striker during his time in Turin, an issue that seems to have resurfaced at Manchester United.

While Ronaldo did not make the trip to United's 4-1 loss to rivals, Manchester City - Sarri was asked about the 37-year-old refusing to play as a strike, with the Italian admitting that he would play there in emergency situations, but he did not like the idea of doing so.

"Cristiano scored more Serie A goals in his season with me than any other. He was prepared to play centre-forward in a few games when we had an emergency situation, but he didn’t much like the idea of doing it regularly," he told Football Italia.

“In those situations, you end up challenging the certainties that the player has. Ronaldo scored 35-40 goals per season by starting from that wider position, so for him it was an almost absurd request. That is understandable for the way he plays.”

Ronaldo played 46 competitive matches under Sarri at Juventus and found the net 37 times. In the 2019-20 campaign, CR7 scored 31 goals in 33 Serie A appearances, along with eight assists. While he was brilliant in front of goal for the Turin giants, his output has come in for criticism recently as he found the back only once in his last 10 games for United.