Former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t a failure for Juventus within the Champions League. Nicol believes the sub-par performances of his teammates let the Portuguese celebrity down throughout his three-season keep in Turin.
Having received three successive Champions League trophies with Real Madrid, the legendary No.7 signed for Juventus in the summertime of 2018. The Bianconeri anticipated the Portugal skipper to fireplace them to their first Champions League triumph since 1996, however the ahead didn’t make that occur.
A number of Juventus followers have criticized the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for failing to take his crew deep into the European competitors. Nicole, nevertheless, claimed that Ronaldo “did his job” for the Bianconeri and was solely held again by his teammates’ poor shows.
Talking on ESPN, Nicol mentioned:
“Whoever blamed him, I feel they’re being harsh as a result of the reality is, he was introduced in for them to win the CL. Within the CL he scored objectives, he did his job, the remainder of the crew did not do its job.”
The legendary full-back added:
“So I discover it tough to agree with anyone who’s blaming Ronaldo for the issues Juventus are having, he did his half so far as I am involved.”
The Italian giants fell to a shock 0-3 defeat within the second leg of their Champions League Spherical of 16 conflict in opposition to Villarreal on Wednesday evening. Gerard Moreno (penalty), Pau Torres and Arnaut Danjuma (penalty) every scored a aim to ship the Bianconeri crashing out with a 1-4 combination scoreline.
Cristiano Ronaldo was Juventus’ finest performer within the Champions League throughout his keep in Turin
Though he didn’t information Juve to Champions League glory, the 37-year-old was their undisputed star within the competitors for 3 years. Within the 2018-19 season, he scored a Spherical of 16 second leg hat-trick in opposition to Atletico Madrid to grab a 3-2 combination win for the Outdated Woman. Within the quarter-finals, he scored each of the Bianconeri’s objectives within the 2-3 combination defeat to Ajax.
The next season, the Turin-based membership had been eradicated within the Spherical of 16 by the hands of Lyon. The French aspect received on away objectives after the tie ended at 2-2. To nobody’s shock, the five-time Champions League winners scored each of Juve’s objectives.
Solely in his remaining season did Ronaldo fail to attain within the knockouts as Juventus had been as soon as once more eradicated within the Spherical of 16, this time by the hands of Porto. Nevertheless, his brace in opposition to Barcelona within the group stage informed his critics all they wanted to find out about his skill to affect large video games.