Ronaldo spent three years at Juventus following a £100million move from Real Madrid, but the Serie A side failed to win the Champions League during his time in Italy

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Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has become the latest player to stick the boot into Cristiano Ronaldo over the impact of his time in Turin.

Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer of 2018 for £100million from Real Madrid, which was a record transfer fee paid by an Italian club, but the move did not work out as hoped.

While the Portuguese attacker had a remarkable strike rate of 101 goals in 134 games for the Serie A giants, Juve failed to win the Champions League during his time at the Allianz Stadium.

Winning that competition was one of the main reasons for bringing Ronaldo to Italy, but the Old Lady suffered embarrassing exits at the hands of Ajax, Lyon and Porto.

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Gianluigi Buffon has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on Juventus

After failing to win Serie A last season, instead only scraping into the top four, Ronaldo was sold to Manchester United.

Since then, several of his former team-mates at Juventus have publicly criticised his impact during his spell in Italy.

Buffon, who returned to Juve to play with Ronaldo for the final two years of his time in Turin, has now become the latest to blast the 36-year-old.

The goalkeeper also left Juve in the summer, moving to Serie B side Parma to finish his career and he has now questioned Ronaldo’s legacy at the Old Lady.

“Juventus had the chance to win the Champions League the first year he arrived, which was the year I was at Paris Saint-Germain, and I couldn’t figure out what happened,” he told TUDN.com.

“When I returned, I worked with CR7 for two years and we did well together, but I think Juventus lost that DNA of being a team.

“We reached the Champions League final in 2017 because we were a side full of experience, but above all we were a single unit and there was this competition for places within the group that was very strong. We lost that with Ronaldo.”

Veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci has also hinted that he believed the presence of Ronaldo led to many of their team-mates taking their foot off the gas.






Leonardo Bonucci has previously questioned Ronaldo’s legacy in Turin

“This was the thing, the idea that one player, even the best in the world, could guarantee Juventus victory,” he told The Athletic in September.

“Cristiano’s presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra but subconsciously players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games.

“We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your team-mate day after day. Over the last few years, I think you could see that.”

Bonucci’s centre-back partner Giorgio Chiellini was equally scathing in his criticism of Ronaldo in October, insisting the superstar’s arrival had come at a cost.






Giorgio Chiellini also believes Ronaldo had a negative impact on Juventus

“Ronaldo left on 28 August, it would have been better for us if he had left earlier,” the Italy international told DAZN.

“We paid something for it, a little bit of a shock, we paid something for it in terms of points. If he had left earlier we would have had time to prepare better.”

Juventus have struggled since Ronaldo’s departure and currently sit fifth in Serie A, 12 points behind leaders Inter Milan.

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