Max Allegri told Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to SELL Cristiano Ronaldo because the five-time Ballon d’Or winner stopped the youngster from coming through … but the club fired HIM instead
- Cristiano Ronaldo worked for a season with Max Allegri at Juventus
- The pair won Serie A, but got no further than the quarter-finals of the Champions League
- It turns out that Allegri told chef Andrea Agnelli to sell the Portuguese star
- However, Allegri himself moved on in the summer of 2019 while Ronaldo stayed
Ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri reportedly told club chief Andrea Agnelli to sell star player Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his departure from the club in 2019.
Allegri was the manager in Turin for five years from 2014, winning five Serie A titles in a row and four Coppa Italia crowns.
He worked with Ronaldo for one season, in 2018/19, after moving from Real Madrid and according to Italian outlet La Republic, in his last meeting with Agnelli before leaving, he encouraged the club to move the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as he halted the team’s growth.
Cristiano Ronaldo transferred from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018 and has won two Serie A titles
Ex-Juve boss Max Allegri (L) reportedly told club chief Andrea Agnelli (R) to sell Ronaldo
The report indicates that, in Allegri’s view, Ronaldo’s presence blocked the way for young players to progress to the squad and play regularly.
However, Agnelli disagreed with the then manager and Allegri left the club that summer, with Maurizio Sarri taking the lead.
Allegri and Ronaldo won the Serie A title together, but were eliminated by Ajax in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The report adds that Juve, who are currently fighting to claim a Champions League place this season while Inter are 12 points off them at the top of Serie A, has a contract with Ronaldo until 2022, which will reportedly cost £ 77 million (€ 90 million) in salary and financial costs.
Juventus could instead choose to discharge the 36-year-old this summer to accelerate the progression of the likes of Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.
Ronaldo and Allegri won the Serie A title together, but faced disappointment in Europe
Ronaldo was visibly frustrated in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Genoa, seemingly exasperated after failing to find the back of the net.
Juventus took all three points via goals from Kulusevski, Alvaro Morata and Weston McKinnie.
But The Gazetta dello Sport reported that the 36-year-old became ‘angry’ with some of his teammates, including Giorgio Chiellini and Chiesa after ‘bad passing’.
He also allegedly argued with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for throwing the ball out because a Genoa player was on the ground when he said to his team: ‘There are ten, we have to attack’.
Ronaldo threw his shirt on the ground on Sunday, even if it was in the direction of a ball boy
His frustration reached boiling point after the game because he allegedly ‘hit a wall’
Ronaldo threw his Juventus shirt to the ground after the game, which seemed to be another sign of frustration, even though it was in the direction of a ball boy who had asked for it.
His anger would then have boiled after the game when he ‘hit the wall’ in the locker room.
Manager Andrea Pirlo confirmed that Ronaldo was angry after not being able to add to his 25 Serie A goals this season.