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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner made a shock switch to Juventus in 2018, scoring 101 goals in 134 games and winning two Serie A titles.
But in recent times Leonardo Bonucci said the club are playing better as a team without him and Giorgio Chiellini blamed his exit in the summer - and the manner of it - for the club's poor start to the season.
Woof, shots fired by Bonucci over Cristiano Ronaldo: "In recent past Juventus didn't play as team: we all played to make him able to score. We had lost the ability to suffer together thinking he could have fix everything"— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 21, 2021
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And a new report from Italian outlet Tuttosport sheds light on how distant Ronaldo was from the rest of the squad.
It's said that Ronaldo, unlike superstars that came before him like Carlos Tevez, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Gonzalo Higuain, did not follow suit in buying into defending as a unit.
Despite his knack for winning games on his own with his unrivalled quality in the final forward, the 36-year-old apparently was "never part of the pack' and did not participate defensively.
Although he's hit six goals in eight games in his second stint at United so far, this very same accusation has been made regarding Ronaldo this season over a perceived lack of pressing and work-rate.
On Wednesday night, after Ronaldo scored a stunning late header against Atalanta, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Ronaldo's off the ball work, saying, "If anyone wants to criticise him for work-rate or attitude, just watch this game. Watch how he runs around."
Furthermore, while other Juve players would encourage if a pass was misplaced, Ronaldo was prone for criticising and his presence is reported to have caused "cracks" to appear in terms of discipline and team spirit.
At the start of the season, the Bianconeri managed just one win from their first four games as rumours surrounding Ronaldo's future began to affect Max Allegri's squad.
Things have improved recently though, with Juventus now undefeated in nine games - winning eight and drawing one.
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