Cristiano Ronaldo slammed by Juventus legends after Man Utd transfer

Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus to return to Manchester United this summer (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised by two Juventus legends following his sensational move to Manchester United.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo spent three seasons at Juventus – scoring 101 goals in 134 appearances and winning two Serie A titles in Turin.

The Portugal legend decided to leave Juventus towards the end of the summer transfer window and was in advanced talks with Manchester City before Manchester United intervened and brought him back to Old Trafford.

United fans have hailed the return of club legend and all-time great Ronaldo but Juventus heroes Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi have criticised the 36-year-old over his departure from Turin.

‘Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not on his private jet while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli,’ six-time Serie A winner Tacchinardi told Tuttosport.

‘I expected a press conference to say goodbye to the fans. They deserved something different.

‘There are no more legends such as Del Piero, Totti, Maldini or Zanetti, but it wasn’t nice to hear from Ronaldo that he was going back to a place he feels like home.

Ronaldo with Juventus manager Max Allegri

Ronaldo with Juventus manager Max Allegri (Picture: Getty)

‘He put Juventus in a difficult situation, leaving a few days before the end of the transfer window, it is impossible to replace a goal machine like him.’

Juventus legend Brio added: ‘Juventus deserve more respect; I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this. It was not nice of him.

‘I always speak highly of the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different.

‘Perhaps they didn’t break up gracefully, but I am convinced it was the right thing for the player and the club. If a player is forced to stay, he could cause damage to his teammates and the club.’

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Ronaldo won three Premier League titles at Manchester United earlier in his career and established himself as one of the best players in the world at Old Trafford.

After returning to United, he said: ‘Everyone who knows me, knows about my never-ending love for Manchester United.

‘The years I spent in this club were absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution.

‘I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.

‘It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Manchester United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands.

‘This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of!’

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