Massimiliano Allegri was in charge at Juventus when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Turin and is struggling to understand why anyone would want to criticise an all-time great who is programmed to win.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner had questions
He had questions on the flip side of his disappointing last-16 exit from the Champions League in 2020-21. Ronaldo was far from the best on two legs against Porto, but Allegri is eager to point out that the 36-year-old is not a miracle worker and remains “human” despite his most remarkable sporting CVs suggesting otherwise. Allegri, who was Juventus boss when Ronaldo swapped Real for Serie A in the summer of 2018, said: “Ronaldo is also human and can make mistakes, but few can shake off a defender and run at the gate like him. Ronaldo’s strength is that he has this mind that is programmed to win. He won five Ballon d’Or, Champions League trophies, so many titles, but he gives himself new motivation every day.”
The Portuguese has tasted Serie A title glory in each of his two full seasons at Juventus. It tops the Italian top-flight bombing charts in 2020-21, with a target found 23 times in 24 games. In total, Ronaldo has 95 goals for the Bianconeri in 123 appearances.
He became the most prolific
He also became the most prolific marksman ever to grace a game, with the Brazilian icon Pele on track to achieve 770 career strikes. However, it is unclear how much effort will be added to that tally before Ronaldo says goodbye to Juve. He is tied to a contract until 2022, but away talk has surfaced towards the summer transfer window. Those at Turin have been eager to quash these rumours, but speculation about a possible return to Real Madrid or a new start in MLS continues to rumble.