Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus, with the goal of helping the club finally win the Champions League, a trophy they have not won since 1996.
3 seasons has passed and all the attempts to achieve that goal were failures, big failures, since Juve got eliminated from the competition way too early, against opponents that shouldn’t cause any problems. But they did.
Now, with the rejuvenation process being continued, there’s a lot of controversy among Juve fans about Cristiano Ronaldo: shoud he leave or stay? Did he fail at Juve or not?
In this article, we will try to answer the second question.
Ronaldo the player
In 121 games in black and white, Ronaldo managed to score 92 goals and provide 22 assists, contributing to 114 goals in almost three seasons.
In the first two seasons, he scored ALL of Juve’s goals in the Champions League knockout stages, scoring 3 against Atletico Madrid, 2 against Ajax and 2 against Lyon, a total of 7 goals in 6 games.
Since arriving in Turin, no one scored, assisted, shot on target more than Portuguese who has definitely been very important and decisive.
— Juve Canal (@juvecanal2) March 12, 2021
The Ronaldo project
Juventus bought Cristiano Ronaldo for 2 things: the economical growth and the football results. That’s what the “Ronaldo Project” was all about.
In terms of finances and economics, it has been a huge success: big growth on social media platforms, more views, more fans, more media coverage, the club even landed multiple Sponsorship deals thanks to the “Ronaldo effect”.
But, when it comes to the sporting side, the one that fans care about, Juventus couldn’t have done a worse job.
They signed the best player in the world but didn’t provide any support for him.
The transfer decisions were so out of place, leaving Ronaldo with few players on/near his level to help him.
The midfield problems remained unsolved, with no players able to provide through balls, long passes, and arguably 0 creativity.
Juve also suffered in other areas like the fullbacks position, the lack and a backup striker, etc.
Everything else was badly planned as well, as Juve changed had 3 coaches in the 3 seasons the Portuguese spent there, and now they started a “rebuild“, a process that naturally needs time to achieve results.
So, in conclusion, Ronaldo was successful at Juventus, but the Ronaldo project was not, because despite his huge quality, the club management failed to provide any support system, and as we know, football is a collective sport before everything.