Patrice Evra says Cristiano Ronaldo felt he was becoming the 'scapegoat' at Juventus and believes Massimiliano Allegri's comment that the Portuguese superstar would not feature in all games played a part in the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's exit from the Italian club in the summer.
Ronaldo re-joined Manchester United earlier in the summer, brining an end to his three-year stint in Turin. The 36-year-old was impressive for Juventus during his time at the club, but failed to deliver the coveted Champions League.
Evra believes Ronaldo was unfairly criticised for Juventus' poor performance and it was one of the reasons why the Portuguese left the club in the summer.
"Because Cristiano needs love and respect," Evra told La Repubblica [via Ronaldo.com]. "He understood that in Turin, he was becoming the scapegoat for Juventus’ poor results. However, many forget that it’s not easy to win in Serie A. [Juventus chairman Andrea] Agnelli’s target is to win the Scudetto every year, not the Champions League."
Evra added: "Allegri’s words also had a role in Ronaldo’s exit. He said ‘Ronaldo won’t play all games,’ there’s no reason to say it publicly, just keep it private because Cristiano is affected by things like this.
"In short, Ronaldo feared being considered the first to blame for the failures.
"Furthermore, even though he played for Real Madrid and Juve, Cristiano’s only true love is Manchester United."