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Report claims Cristiano Ronaldo "ignored sacred rules" in Juventus dressing room

By Amreen
Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of 'crumbling the rules' inside the Juventus dressing room
Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of 'crumbling the rules' inside the Juventus dressing room / Emilio Andreoli/GettyImages

Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of ignoring the laws of "equality, unity, and humility" in the Juventus dressing room.

The five-time Ballon d'Or made the switch to Juventus in 2018, and scored 101 goals in 134 games across competitions, but failed to lead the team to victory in the Champions League.

Leonardo Bonucci recently claimed that the Serie A giants are playing better as a team without Ronaldo, while Giorgio Chiellini blamed his exit earlier this summer for the club's poor start to the season.

A recent report from Tuttosport (via the Daily Mail) has claimed that Ronaldo never adhered to the most important rules of the Juventus dressing room. The report has claimed that the Portugal star did not follow suit in buying into defending as a unit, unlike superstars that came before him like Carlos Tevez, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, and Gonzalo Higuain.

The report adds that the 36-year-old was "never part of the pack" and his involvement in the starting XI made the team less compact and more fragile defensively.

The report also goes on to say similar claims have been made of Ronaldo's time in the Premier League after his return to Manchester United this summer. Ole Gunner Solskjaer had to recently defend Ronaldo's work-rate, saying, "If anyone wants to criticise him for work-rate or attitude, just watch this game. Watch how he runs around."

Speaking this week, Chiellini told DAZN: "Ronaldo left on August 28 and it certainly would've been better if he had gone earlier so we could prepare. Unfortunately, we paid a price for that.

"It does create a shock to the system and we lost points in the opening games because of that. If he'd left on August 1, then we would've had time to reorganise and be ready for the start of the season."