Gianluigi Buffon insists Juventus lost their ‘DNA’ after Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival

Chidalu Obiajulu

Christiano Ronaldo who had a great career in Real Madrid decided to have a new challenge which led to his move to the Italian Giants Juventus who faced the wrath of the man.

Juventus had twice lost to Spanish Giants in the champions league final, first on 2015 against Barcelona which they lost 3:1 and second was in 2017 against Real Madrid where Ronaldo scored twice to hand the trophy to Real Madrid which they lost 4:1.

43-year-old Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that Juventus lost its ‘DNA’ following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival as the veteran goalkeeper reflected on why the Portuguese’s tenure did not result in European success for the club.

Ronaldo’s arrival during the summer of 2018 was a great effect to their fanfare. He left Madrid after triumphing in Europe for the third year running, with the Turin outfit desperate for Champions League success having missed out in the 2017 final.

Though it was quite normal Juventus had always won the serial A which Ronaldo won twice, the old lady drifted further from challenging for Europe’s top prize and they finished fourth in the league last season before he moved to Manchester United.

During the first season of Ronaldo at Juventus, there were no signs of Buffon in the dressing room after he left to Paris, but returned from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 and has given his verdict on why the Turin outfit did not reach Europe’s summit.

According to the goalkeeper Buffon, he believed that 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, in relation to Juve’s quarter final exit to Ajax.

“Let me talk about my return to the club. 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.”

The 43-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon added that “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.”

Still after they’ve claimed that Christiano Ronaldo was among the factors hindering their progress which led to his sale still the Old Lady’s woes have continued this season and they sit fifth in the league, 12 points adrift of champions Inter despite the best efforts of returning coach Max Allegri.

The 54-year-old was in charge of the team that made the 2017 final and has been tasked with rekindling those good times, and it is reported that he did not want Ronaldo as part of his rebuild when he came back to the club.

The Italian born manager Allegri is claimed to have said: “Get rid of Ronaldo, he’s blocking the growth of the team and the club.”

According to records the Portuguese superstar scored 101 goals in 134 games, twice winning the Scudetto as well as the Italian Cup.

Though most fans and fanbase have insisted that he was their key to success during his few years their, which led to televising of the Seria A on DStv and other television programme.