Ronaldo is a better player at Juventus, says Robson

Cristiano Ronaldo has been a better player at Juventus than what he was for the past three years with Real Madrid, says pundit Stewart Robson.

After a goal and trophy-laden nine years in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo left Real in a €112m transfer to Juventus last summer.

The Portuguese superstar won 15 trophies at the Santiago Bernabeu, with four Champions League titles, two La Liga and Copa del Rey crowns being among them. He also finished as Real’s all-time record scorer on 450 goals in 438 games.

Despite all the great success he achieved in Spain, however, Robson reckons Ronaldo has exhibited greater individual displays during his debut campaign at Juventus to what he managed in the past three years at Real.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 28 goals and provided 13 assists in 42 games for Juventus across all competitions.

“I think he’s looked a better player at Juventus than he did for the last two or three years at Real Madrid,” Robson told ESPN.

“The reason I say that is because at Real Madrid for two or three seasons he became just a goalscorer, a great box player.

ROME, ITALY – MAY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on May 12, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

“Every time the ball went into the wide areas, he was made his run into the box to try and win the ball into the air which he did. That’s why he scored so many goals.

“You very rarely saw him run with the ball, you very rarely saw him pick out a pass and you very rarely saw him go past someone and put in a cross.

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“This season at Juventus I think he’s looked a yard sharper, a yard quicker. He’s gone past people with the ball and made some fantastic runs at times.

“In terms of his performances, I think he’s been a better Ronaldo in the last 12 months than he was in the last three years in Madrid.

“Has it been a success for Juventus? Not quite so much. In the last few years every year they’ve won the double but they didn’t win Coppa Italia, they got knocked out in the quarter-finals.

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TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after winning the Italian league at the end of the Serie A match between Juventus and ACF Fiorentina on April 20, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

“He was brought in to do much better in the Champions League and they performed really poorly against Ajax and they were outplayed. He ended being the lone centre forward and was really up against it.

“You can’t actually blame Ronaldo for Juventus’ failure. I think the one problem he has and Juventus have is that he’s purely selfish.

“There’s many, many times where he could pick out a good pass, deliver a good cross and he went for a shot himself. That’s the one area I would say he let Juve down, he was a bit too selfish and other players were looking for him too eagerly.

“He had a big influence on the team but not always for the better of Juve.

“But I think he looked happy with his performances and happy at Juve. He’ll stay there and enjoy his football next season.”

TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

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