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That is according to Juventus legends Alessio Tacchinardi and Sergio Brio, who both pulled no punches towards Ronaldo over his sensational return to Manchester United.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri claimed it was his decision to leave Ronaldo on the bench for his side’s 2-2 draw with Udinese in their Serie A opener last month.
The 54-year-old Italian later confirmed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had “no intention of continuing at Juventus” after a summer of speculation surrounding Ronaldo’s future.
Ronaldo, whose old Juventus deal expired in 2022, left Turin and completed a stunning £12.9m return to United on deadline day.
However, Tacchinardi has insisted that the 36-year-old Portuguese forward made it “impossible” for Juventus to replace a “goal machine like him” with his late summer exit.
The 46-year-old Italian told Tuttosport: “Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not on his private jet while [Max] Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli.
“I expected a press conference to say goodbye to the fans. They deserved something different.
“There are no more legends such as [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Francesco] Totti, [Paolo] Maldini or [Javier] Zanetti, but it wasn’t nice to hear from Ronaldo that he was going back to a place he feels like home.
“He put Juventus in a difficult situation, leaving a few days before the end of the transfer window, it is impossible to replace a goal machine like him.”
Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid in 2018 to sign for Juventus, lifted back-to-back Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups during his time with the Old Lady.
The Portugal captain ended last season by scooping the Capocannoniere (top scorer) award ahead of Romelu Lukaku, despite Juventus failing to retain the Serie A title.
Brio echoed similar sentiments to Tacchinardi over Ronaldo’s sudden exit from Juventus, saying it was “not nice” of the United legend to snub the club in the way that he did.
He added: “Juventus deserve more respect, I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this. It was not nice of him.
“I always speak highly of the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different.
“Perhaps they didn’t break up gracefully, but I am convinced it was the right thing for the player and the club. If a player is forced to stay, he could cause damage to his teammates and the club.”
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