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Bonucci discusses Ronaldo effect at Juventus

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Leonardo Bonucci believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence at Juventus caused his teammates to ‘subconsciously fall short in their daily work’, eventually starving the Portuguese star of the support he needed.

The Bianconeri failed to win the Serie A title for the first time in a decade last season and never came close to lifting the Champions League trophy during Ronaldo’s three years at the club. For that reason, his time in Turin is not considered a major success, despite scoring 101 goals.

Leonardo Bonucci

Bonucci spoke candidly about Ronaldo’s time in Turin / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Speaking to The Athletic, Juve defender Bonucci admitted that while Ronaldo ‘had a big influence’ on the team, it also caused teammates to slack off and ‘fall short’, relying on the 36-year-old to constantly dig them out of trouble.

“The idea that one player, even the best in the world, could guarantee Juventus victory. 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.


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