Rome: The Cristiano Ronaldo transfer rumour saga seems to be rolling on and on and in a latest development, former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has stated that signing the Portuguese superstar was no less than a mistake. Ronaldo had voluntarily asked manager Massimiliano Allegri to be benched for Juventus’ first match in the Serie A 2021-22 against Udinese.
Speaking to SerieANews.com, Gigli, who served as president for the Bianconeri from 2006-2009, said, “I’ve always been honest: signing Ronaldo was a mistake. It’s impossible to recoup the investment and it will remain that way.”
“He’s a great player, but I have to be honest – the sooner he leaves, the better for him and for Juventus. I hope that Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus FC coach) knows how to continue using him like he did against Udinese. That is, with intelligence and when the game is in progress. Ronaldo hampers Juventus’ attack. Without him, they can do excellent things in collective terms,” he added.
Juventus were well and truly in control of their match against Udinese in Serie A but they squandered a 2-0 lead as the hosts fought back in dramatic fashion. Ronaldo did score a goal after coming off the bench and a shirtless celebration followed. But much to his and Juve’s dismay, the goal was ruled out by VAR.
Ronaldo had made a sensational move from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018 for a sum of €100 million as the Italian giants. He is currently playing out his final year in a Juventus jersey as reports have widely stated that he is set to make to a return to the Premier League, this time with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.