Max Allegri takes swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo with Juventus admission

Max Allegri takes swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo with Juventus admission

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri appears to have taken a subtle dig at Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo when he claimed Juve are ‘more of a team’ this season after ‘putting personal targets aside’.

The Old Lady signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018 in a bid to advance their chances of winning the UEFA Champions League.

Though the 37-year-old failed to bring the Champions League title to Turin throughout his three years stay in Italy, the Real icon scored 101 goals in 134 matches for Juve, winning two Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia.

Cristiano Ronaldo dumped Juventus, who booked their place in the Champions League on the last day of last season’s Serie A, to seal a sensational return to Manchester United last summer.

His departure took its toll on Juve but gradually, they are beginning to find their feet, as they currently occupy the fourth position in Serie A.

Despite Juventus’ rollercoaster season so far, Allegri says La Vecchia Signora ‘feel more like a team’ and is pleased that ‘personal targets’ have been put to one side.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday ahead of tonight’s home league game vs Torino, Allegri told Juve’s official website: ‘I think that personal targets have been put aside and there is more focus on the team.

‘We have been together for six or seven months now. We are knowing each other a little more, we feel more like a team.’

Massimiliano Allegri takes a jibe at Cristiano Ronaldo
Massimiliano Allegri takes a jibe at Cristiano Ronaldo

Massimiliano Allegri appears to have echoed what Juve legend Leonardo Bonucci, had previously said when he slammed the Man United forward for ‘thinking he could solve all the matches’ on his own.

Asked if Juventus are playing more as a team without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Bonucci said in October: ‘It’s absolutely true.

‘In the recent past we had lost this characteristic from Juve, we were playing with a great champion like CR7 and we wanted to put him in a position to always do well, thinking he could solve all the matches.

‘This year we are rediscovering that right humility that it serves to regain victory.’

Speaking of personal targets, Cristiano Ronaldo has shown he continued from where he left off at Juventus when he made his intentions clear after the Brentford game.

Ralf Rangnick replaced Ronaldo with Harry Maguire when Manchester United were leading The Bees and the Portuguese icon asked the Man United interim boss why didn’t he remove one of the younger players.

Man Utd legend Gary Neville has slammed Ronaldo for the attitude he shows whenever things don’t go his way.