Juventus’ €100m Cristiano Ronaldo gamble has proved to be a failure.
Juventus has suffered some tough time claiming the UEFA Champions League title since 1996. Since then, they have been defeated in five finals, most recently in 2017. In the 2017 UEFA Champions League final, they lost to Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace for the Spanish giant.
To change the fortune, the Italian side bought Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for €100m. But the situation has not changed for Juventus. Juventus has failed to reach the semi-final ever since the Portuguese joined the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo is well known for his domination in UCL games. Some call him, ‘Mr. Champions League’ as well. In his 23 games for Juventus in UEFA Champions League, he has scored 14 goals. He scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the UCL Round of 16 in the 2018-19 season to help Juventus make a comeback from 2-0.
But since then, Juventus have been the victims of three giant killings in a row. In 2018-19 they lost to Ajax in the quarterfinal. Last season they were beaten by Lyon and this season by Porto.
Juventus is also not having a great time in the domestic league as well. They are now 3rd in the table 10 points behind the leaders Inter Milan. After winning 9 straight Serie A titles win this can be the first season when they lose the title.
Juventus spent plenty of cash on Ronaldo and failed to fulfil the other loopholes of the squad. It is now backfiring them. Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo is slowly losing his best form because of his age.
The whole situation has proved to be a failed gamble for the Italian side.