Andrea Pirlo dismisses ‘uproar’ and ‘rumours’ surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus following talk of sensational return to Real Madrid
Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has dismissed claims that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club following their Champions League defeat to Porto.
Pirlo has admitted the rumours surrounding Ronaldo’s future at the club are ‘normal’ due to the Portugal captain’s standing in the game and said an ‘uproar’ was being made about him after Sergio Oliveira’s 115th-minute goal slipped through the Juve star’s legs to send Porto through on away goals.
Despite being blamed for turning his back in the defensive wall during Porto’s second goal, Pirlo is adamant that Ronaldo has ‘demonstrated his value to Juventus’ and says the ‘uproar’ following the game is unnecessary.
Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo (above) has dismissed claims that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave
Pirlo said: ‘It’s normal that he’s disappointed by what happened the other night, like the rest of the team.
‘It’s normal to have rumours. He’s the most important figure in football and he’s always being talked about. But let’s remind ourselves that he’s always done well, scoring around 90 goals for Juventus, and has demonstrated his value.
‘Failing to score in a match can happen, just like it can happen to others. But more of an uproar is made about him. ‘
Pirlo’s side crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage after losing to Porto on away goals after-extra-time, with the game ending 4-4 on aggregate.
Ronaldo was the subject of heavy criticism following Porto’s second goal and has since been liked with a departure from Juventus.
Pirlo has admitted that the rumours surrounding Ronaldo’s future at the club are ‘normal’
Ronaldo was blamed for Porto’s second goal after turning his back Oliveira’s free-kick
The 36-year-old joined the Italian champions from the Spanish outfit in an £88million deal in 2018, with the hope he would lead his new side to a Champions League title – something that has escaped them since 1996.
Having failed to succeed in his quest, Juventus chiefs are reportedly prepared to accept as little as £25million for their striker this summer.
Former Juve president Giovanni Cobolli has even claimed that signing Ronaldo was a mistake which the Italian giants should not have made.
Nevertheless, Pirlo is adamant that Ronaldo’s contribution to the club has been worthwhile.
Ronaldo has also dismissed rumours about his future by insisting his entire focus is on finishing the season strongly with Juventus.
The Portuguese striker took to Instagram to post a message of defiance on Saturday.
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo posted a message of defiance on Instagram on Saturday
Alongside a photo of him in training, Ronaldo said: ‘More important than the number of falls you take in life, is how fast and how strong you get back on your feet… True champions never break!
‘Our focus is already in Cagliari, in the Serie A struggle, in the Italian Cup final and in everything that we can still achieve this season.
‘It’s true that the past belongs in museums (I should say!), but fortunately, football has memory… and so do I!
‘History can’t be deleted, it’s written every single day with resilience, team spirit, persistence and lots of hard work.
‘And those who don’t understand this, will never achieve glory and success #finoallafine’