Juventus was untouchable in Serie A. Seven straight titles have shown they don’t compete against anyone at the top of Italian football, so they looked a little higher in 2018 when they made their debut Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since then, however, things have not gone as planned. Although the Portuguese helped the old Italian lady win two more Serie A titles, they only regressed in Europe with the team’s No.7, and this season they lost the national title to the first time since 2011.
As they tend to be, all eyes are on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in recent weeks. He went a few weeks without scoring and was visibly annoyed at the end of games where he failed to score, even when Juventus won anyway.
As Cristiano scored twice to lead Juventus’ comeback win at Udinese on Sunday, his contribution will be largely forgotten the day JuventusThe apparently permanent hold on the Scudetto has slipped.
It was clear from the start of the 2020/21 campaign that this season would be different for Juventus. AC Milan drove for a while, then Inter took over and you were never really contenders. If they had managed to compete in Europe it might have been forgiven but, not for the first time, they were sent off very early against a team they should have been able to beat.
In Cristiano Ronaldofirst season in Italy, it was Ajax who knocked them out. In 2019/20 they failed to Lyon. Then, this term they lost Port.
Of course, Ronaldo cannot be blamed solely for their disappearance, but the reality is that Juventus were a better team before they got it and even reached two Champions League finals in three years between 2015 and 2017.
He raised their world brand, he won them a lot of money away from the pitch and he scored an array of goals, but Juventus declined over the three seasons Cristiano Ronaldo was in Turin. It is an inescapable fact.