Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed as Juventus lost to FC Porto by two goals to one in the Champions League, on February 18th, 2021.
His stats say that he scores one or two goals in every game that he plays in. However, this quality comes in the form of a colossal drawback.
Conversely, Ronaldo tends to be selfish. Consequently, it is a trait that he has incorporated from his time at Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo is oblivious to the term ‘team-player.’ Former Netherlands and Barcelona player-manager Johan Cruyff said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo on October 7th, 2015, “Cristiano Ronaldo is a goal scorer, and he is good at it. But, he is not a team player like Lionel Messi. He plays to score as an individual, not to help his team progress.”
Furthermore, Antonio Cassano, a former teammate of Andrea Pirlo (Juventus coach), said on a twitch call with Christian Vieri (an old teammate of his from Inter Milan), “I have mentioned frequently that Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon. But, he does not possess the basic qualities that Andrea Pirlo requires in his team“, on February 18th, 2021.
The Portuguese international left Real Madrid on July 11th, 2018, to join Juventus in Serie A. Thereupon, joining the new team, he scored sixty-eight times in eighty-two games over two years and eight months.
Cristiano Ronaldo has relied on too much, says Arsene Wenger
The 71-year-old French football pundit believes that teams like Juventus and Barcelona rely on their star players quite frequently.
Moreover, Arsene Wenger feels this is more factual for Cristiano Ronaldo, as he said in an interview with Bein Sports, “Juventus really on him a lot, and it just shows that the players around him are not up to the task.”
Subsequently, it is a true statement that the Italian side has become reliant on their thirty-six-year-old superstar.
If Juventus need to learn the survival strategy, they must do so without Ronaldo being their anchor too. They have become Champions League finalists without Ronaldo being a headliner, and with some more time, soon, they can amass more cups for their team.