After yet another disappointing Champions League exit, it might be time for Ronaldo to consider an exit from Juventus.
It was a night to forget for Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus after they bowed out of the Champions League to Porto on Tuesday night.
On a night where CR7 was expected to step up to the occasion, he was mostly ‘unavailable’ and his only real contribution was an assist to Chiesa for Juventus’ first goal.
On the flip side of things, Ronaldo saw himself become the ‘villian’ after his costly mistake gifted Sergio Oliviera the chance to score a crucial free-kick in extra time. That goal went on to be the deciding moment that turned the tie in Porto’s favor as they qualified on away goals.
Some fans and experts have started to raise the question about the footballer’s future with the club. Is it time for Ronaldo to leave Juventus? For these reasons, it might be a good move for all parties involved.
CR7 is yet to achieve what was expected of him in Turin
For someone who is called ‘Mr Champions League’, Juventus brought in Ronaldo to help them dominate on the continental front. The Bianconeri have dominated the Serie A for the past decade and they needed that same push in the Champions League. It’s important to note that Juventus’ European struggles date all the way back to 1996.
Ronaldo was brought in to help them do better but a quick look shows it has been far from it. Now, they’ve been eliminated in the last 16 for the second consecutive season. In 2018-19, they were dumped out in the quarters by Ajax.
It wasn’t meant to be like this. Not with a certain Portuguese. He’s Mr. Champions League after all. With him on board, a team that reached two finals in three seasons between 2015 and 2017 were expected to go one step further and win the trophy that has eluded them. Instead, they’re further away from the trophy than when he arrived. It gets even worse when you consider that Juve might not even win the Serie A this season.
Has Ronaldo really made Juventus better?
A tally of 92 goals and 22 assists in 122 games is brilliant for any player, not to talk of a 36-year-old. However, Ronaldo’s overall influence while at Real Madrid has not taken the same shape with Juventus.
Some even say his biggest mistake was leaving Real Madrid and it might not be all that wrong.
In the grand scheme of things, Juventus might have been better off using the money for Ronaldo to perhaps strengthen other areas on the pitch.
It makes no sense extending his contract
With only one year left in his current contract, the player’s future could be lying far away from Allianz Stadium. At this point, it would make sense for Juve to count their profits and losses alike.
Speaking on Ronaldo’s future after the Porto game yesterday, Juventus executive Fabio Paratici says the club have no plans to let him leave before the end of his contract.
That might not be far-fetched for obvious reasons but it makes no sense to give him an extension.
Given the cost, it will take to extend his contract (he will be 37 by then), it makes no sense to keep him in Turin for any longer.
While Ronaldo continues to age like fine wine, he might not be what Juventus need at the moment. A 23-year-old Federico Chiesa keeps getting better for the club since his move and he might be a reasonable option for the club to build their future around.
Asides from CR7, the future of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus is also in doubt and it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of the ‘rookie’ manager.