Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to his departing Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and called it a “pleasure” to work with him.
Following months of uncertainty, Juventus confirmed on Friday that Allegri will be leaving in the summer after holding talks with chairman Andrea Agnelli.
The former AC Milan coach had been in charge at Turin since 2014 and delivered 11 trophies during his reign. He had also been named the Serie A Coach of the Year three times at Juventus.
Allegri’s most impressive feat, undoubtedly, was leading Juventus to four successive domestic doubles. While his run of five Serie A titles in a row ensured the club’s place in history having won the crown for the last eight seasons now.
But Ronaldo’s arrival last summer meant the pressure was on Allegri to end Juventus’ 23-year wait for Champions League glory this season. However, they surprisingly lost to Ajax in the quarter-finals.
Therefore, doubts had been steadily creeping in over Allegri’s future with fans and pundits alike criticising his tactics in recent fixtures.
Nonetheless, the Italian remains a popular figure in the Juventus squad with Ronaldo paying tribute to his departing boss.
“Thank you coach, we’ve only spent one year together but it was exceptional because you are a great manager and a great man,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.
“It was a pleasure to work with you.”
Allegri struggled to hold back tears in Saturday’s press conference, where Agnelli praised him for his work at Juventus over the last five years.
The 51-year-old was even presented with a souvenir shirt that had the number five in a tribute to the five Serie A titles he had won. Reporters later gave him a standing ovation as he left the conference.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have all been linked with moves for Allegri, who is open to offers in the summer.
For now, though, the focus will be on Allegri’s final home match at Juventus against Atalanta on Sunday. Kick-off will begin at 20:30 (CET).
The Bianconeri will then finish their season away to Sampdoria next weekend.
Andrea Agnelli: In May 2013, I felt that Allegri would be the future Juve coach. We had to wait 14 months until he accepted the assignment. We now look for the correct attributes that are needed to take Juventus forward on July 16 and bring us to victory. pic.twitter.com/bMo9onQPwK
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 18, 2019