Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that the team “lost its DNA” after Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in 2018.
A signing of 100 million euros from Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s arrival was intended to turn Juventus into a completely dominant European giants, but even though he won two Serie A titles in three years, he could not inspire anything close to success in the Champions League.
Buffon, who left Juventus in 2018 but returned to play with Ronaldo 12 months later, has now admitted that he felt that the arrival of the Portuguese international led to a cultural change at the Allianz Stadium, which injured the rest of the squad.
“Juventus had the chance to win the Champions League the first year he came, which was the year I was in Paris Saint-Germain, and I could not figure out what happened,” he told TUDN.
“When I came back I worked with Ronaldo for two years and we did well together, but I think Juventus lost the DNA of being a team.
“We reached the Champions League final in 2017 because we were a side full of experience, but above all we were a single unit and it was this competition for places within the group that was very strong. We lost it with Ronaldo.
Midfielder Leonardo Bonucci has seldom refrained from discussing the negative impact Ronaldo’s signing had on the team, and already admitted in September that the team lost the desire to work just as hard for each other.
Bonucci’s partner-in-crime, Giorgio Chiellini, told DAZN shortly after Juventus no longer felt they could give everything for Ronaldo.
“We had reached a point in our relationship where Cristiano needed new goals and a team that would play for him, because when he finds such a team, he is crucial,” he said.
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“Here at Juventus, a program for rejuvenation and restart was born. If Ronaldo had stayed, he would have been an added value, but it is normal that he thought more about the present than the future.
“Ronaldo left on August 28, it would have been better for us if he had left earlier. We paid something for it, a bit of a shock, we paid something for it in the form of points. If he had gone earlier, we would have had time to prepare better. ”
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