‘Sell Ronaldo immediately’: Max Allegri told Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to force five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s exit before he was sacked by the club… because he was blocking the growth of the team and stopping young players from breaking through
- Cristiano Ronaldo worked with Max Allegri for one season whilst at Juventus
- The pair won Serie A but did not go further than the Champions League quarters
- It has emerged that Allegri told chief 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 before 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 as well as four Coppa Italia crowns.
He worked with Ronaldo for one season, in 2018-19, following his move from Real Madrid and according to Italian outlet La Repubblica, in his last meeting with Agnelli before his departure he encouraged the club to move the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on as he was stalling the growth of the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 from Real Madrid 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 details that, in Allegri’s opinion, Ronaldo’s presence blocked the pathway for young players to progress into the first-team squad and feature regularly.
However, Agnelli did not agree with the then-manager and Allegri left the club that summer, with Maurizio Sarri taking charge.
Allegri and Ronaldo won the Serie A title together, but were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Ajax.
The report adds that Juve, who are currently fighting to claim a Champions League place this season while Inter are 12 points clear of them at the top of Serie A, are tied into a contract with Ronaldo until 2022, which will reportedly cost £77m (€90m) in salary and financial costs.
Juve could instead opt to offload the 36-year-old this summer, in order to accelerate the progression of the likes of Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.
Ronaldo and Allegri won the Serie A title together but endured disappointment in Europe
Ronaldo was visibly frustrated during the 3-1 win against Genoa on Sunday, seemingly irritated after failing to find the back of the net.
Juventus took all three points through goals by Kulusevski, Alvaro Morata and Weston McKinnie.
But La Gazetta dello Sport reported that the 36-year-old ‘got angry’ with a number of his teammates, including Giorgio Chiellini and Chiesa after ‘poor passes’.
He is also said to have had a row with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for throwing the ball out because there was a Genoa player on the ground as he told his team: ‘There are ten of them, we have to attack’.
Ronaldo threw his shirt on the ground on Sunday, though it was in the direction of a ballboy
His frustration reached boiling point after the game as he is said to have ‘punched a wall’
Ronaldo threw his Juventus shirt on the ground after the game which looked to be another sign of frustration, though it was in the direction of a ballboy who had requested it.
His anger is then said to have reached boiling point after the game as he ‘punched the wall’ inside the dressing room.
Manager Andrea Pirlo confirmed that Ronaldo was angry after he was unable to add to his 25 Serie A goals this season.
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