Former Juventus CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, considered that his club's inclusion of Cristiano Ronaldo was a mistake because of his failure to make the desired impact in the Champions League despite his brilliance in the Italian Football League.
Juventus saw in “The Don” the man who would break their curse in the Champions League (where they had lost two finals in the previous 4 years and 7 times in total). He described his inclusion as the deal of the century.
“Ronaldo's signing for Juventus did not achieve the expected results. Let us say that his contribution did not match the high expectations we had upon his arrival,” Marotta said.
After joining Juventus in the summer of 2018, Ronaldo participated in 134 matches in various tournaments, during which he scored 101 goals and provided 22 assists.
The Madeira missile was more successful domestically, as he scored 81 goals in 98 matches over 3 seasons and led the team to win the Italian League title in his first two years in Italy, as well as the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup (twice).
However, Juventus, with Ronaldo in its presence, did not go beyond the quarter-finals in the Champions League.
Ronaldo played 23 Champions League matches, during which he scored 14 goals and provided 5 assists.
The Don's last season was somewhat disastrous, as the Turin giants, who won 9 league titles in a row, finished in fourth place.
After just one appearance for the club in the 2021-2022 season, Ronaldo left for Manchester United, the inevitable end to a messy breakup.
Ronaldo later filed a lawsuit against Juventus in an attempt to recover part of his salary, estimated at approximately 19 million euros ($20.64 million), which was suspended by the Italian club at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic due to the financial crisis that struck the club.