Another sign he’s on his way? Troubled Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the main character in Juventus’ online ads for their new kit – as 36-year-old sees Matthijs de Ligt take first place
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus is increasingly in doubt
- He is usually the center of attention at commercial events, but was sidelined before launch
- Ronaldo had a lower website advertising the new Juventus kits
- Matthijs de Ligt and Rodrigo Bentancur were chosen ahead of Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be getting closer to Juventus’ exit after being sidelined for the launch of their new kit.
The Portuguese star is usually at the center of commercial events as the most marketable man in world football, but fell down the pecking order in Turin.
Matthijs de Ligt, Rodrigo Bentancur, Weston McKennie and Paulo Dybala were all chosen as the main models to advertise the comics for the 2021-22 season, with Ronaldo relegated to further down the page.
Juventus used Matthijs de Ligt (left), Alvaro Morata (center), Rodrigo Bentancur (top right) and Weston McKennie (bottom right) for Cristiano Ronaldo in their marketing
Paulo Dybala was also chosen to go front and center instead of the Portuguese star
Ronaldo could be heading for the exit in Turin as some fans read the new kit launch reading
The 36-year-old’s exclusion from first place has fueled the fire of suggestions that he could leave the club this summer, with one year left on his current contract.
The signs are there that Ronaldo’s third year at Juventus could be his last.
But it remains to be seen whether another club can be found willing to pay the £27million needed for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Andrea Pirlo has been given the boot after a hugely disappointing season and Massimiliano Allegri is back in charge.
Ronaldo’s image has been downgraded to a lower web page and mobile app
Ronaldo, preparing for Euros with Portugal, couldn’t help Juventus win Serie A
He will meet Ronaldo and make it clear to him that no one is untouchable at the club, especially after finishing fourth last season.
Allegri is expected to tell the legendary forward that his role will change if he stays with the club next season.
Transitioning to Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa wide in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 means Ronaldo will not get the hybrid attacking role he got last season.
The 37-year-old may have only one big step left in his career when he leaves this summer
Given Ronaldo’s exorbitant £28 million a year salary, it is believed the club are hoping he can leave to ease the wage bill.
Reports in Spain claim PSG has contacted Ronaldo’s representatives, but a deal could depend on Kylian Mbappe leaving the club for Real Madrid.
PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is said to believe Ronaldo can team up with Neymar to help the club win the hitherto elusive Champions League crown.