The former Bianconeri defender lifted the lid on the main reasons behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer exit.
The fear of being made into a ‘scapegoat’ for Juventus’ bad results and manager Massimiliano Allegri were factors behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit, says Patrice Evra.
Despite a successful three-year stint in Turin, Ronaldo came under fire for Juventus’ dip in form towards the end of his stay. In fact, he ended up cast as a villain in the eyes of the media – a role Evra thinks is unfair.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner eventually sealed a deadline day return to Manchester United in the summer.
🇮🇹 Juventus post-Ronaldo this season:
14 goals scored in 10 Serie A matches. 👀
→ Worst total since the 2001/02 season
🇪🇸 Real Madrid's first season post-Ronaldo:
14 goals scored in their first 10 La Liga matches. 👀
→ Worst total since the 2004/05 season pic.twitter.com/PooKj9AU1x
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) October 28, 2021
Asked by La Repubblica why Ronaldo left Juventus, Evra replied: “Because Cristiano needs love and respect.
“He understood that in Turin, he was becoming the scapegoat for Juventus’ poor results. However, many forget that it’s not easy to win in Serie A. [Juventus chairman Andrea] Agnelli’s target is to win the Scudetto every year, not the Champions League.”
The Frenchman also claims that Allegri played a part behind CR7’s summer departure.
Evra added: “Allegri’s words also had a role in Ronaldo’s exit. He said ‘Ronaldo won’t play all games,’ there’s no reason to say it publicly, just keep it private because Cristiano is affected by things like this.”
“In short, Ronaldo feared being considered the first to blame for the failures.
“Furthermore, even though he played for Real Madrid and Juve, Cristiano’s only true love is Manchester United.”