Giovanni Cobolli, president of Juventus between 2006 and 2009, joined the chorus of criticism of Christiano Ronaldo after the elimination of Juventus in the Champions League against FC Porto.
The former leader of the Turin emblem emphasizes that the Portuguese international had a “blackout” in the tie with the dragons and considers that Juventus should not have bet on CR7 in the summer of 2018. “Hiring Christiano Ronaldo was an absolute mistake. o since the first day. He is a great player, a champion, but too expensive. Now everything is in the hands of Juventus, who pays him a million euros for each goal he scores “, said Cobolli.
Speaking to the microphones of Radio Punto Nuovo, the former number one of the Italian champions immediately lashes out against Christiano Ronaldo: “Taking Ronaldo was a wrong choice, a damage. I said it from the first moment despite having respect for the champion. He costs too much and destabilizes the balance ”.
Then he identifies the man on whom it is necessary to start again: “Church is a great investment. Juventus restart from him and some other certainty, there is a need to revolutionize everything. I have been in Juventus and it is not easy. I speak also and above all as a shareholder “.
He concludes his speech by talking about the coach and Nedved: “If I were in the Bianconeri I would continue with Pirlo. It is a courageous scene even if I have not yet understood Allegri’s farewell. Some misunderstanding with Nedved. He wasn’t even there at his last press conference. He justified his absence by saying that he had work commitments abroad. The next day, however, he was in Italy. In my opinion, Nedved cannot be Juventus President. He has no style, just look at what happened yesterday with the outburst on the billboards. I also expect Paratici to leave too, he wouldn’t surprise me after the latest internal turmoil “.
Juventus, for the moment, has not replied but immediate replies cannot be excluded.
Christiano Ronaldo’s contract extension is “not on the agenda” at Juventus at the moment, said the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici.
Ronaldo completed a £ 100 million transfer to Juve from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 and signed a four-year contract.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has helped Juventus win Serie A two seasons in a row since then, but has never been offered a new contract, and Paratici admits the club is in no rush to open talks on the matter.
“Fortunately, there is one year left on his contract; we have time to discuss it with him,” said Paratici when asked to discuss speculation about Ronaldo’s future after the Bianconeri crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
“Let’s just say it’s not on the agenda right now,” he added, as quoted by Goal on Wednesday.
“Christiano has a career in his hands. Always with these great players you know that when they decide to end their experience with one team and move on to another, they decide and you have to respect that decision.”
“We have to consider how he feels to continue or not after his contract expires.”
Juve initially decided to take Ronaldo to the Allianz Stadium in a bid to increase their chances of winning their first Champions League trophy since 1995-96.
However, the Serie A champions were knocked out by Ajax in the quarter-finals in the captain’s first season and surprisingly eliminated in the last 16 at the hands of Lyon last season.
Porto disappointed Andrea Pirlo’s side in the same half this time, with Ronaldo failing to score in both legs as the Primeira Liga side progressed on away goals after the aggregate finish ended 4-4.
Ronaldo’s salary accounts for a large part of Juve’s annual expenses and, after posting a loss of € 113.7 million (around Rp1.94 trillion) in the first six months of the 2020-21 season.
Although Ronaldo has failed to inspire Juve to European glory since his arrival in Turin, he has still managed to score 14 goals in 23 Champions League matches.
The player nicknamed CR7 has also scored 84 goals in 98 domestic matches, including 78 goals in Serie A – winning a total of four major trophies and providing 22 assists.