Giorgio Chiellini says it’d have been ‘better’ if Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus earlier

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Juventus central defender Giorgio Chiellini believes it would have been “better” for the club if Cristiano Ronaldo had departed the Italian giants earlier. Ronaldo departed Massimiliano Allegri’s side abruptly at the end of August to seal a remarkable return to Manchester United.

While supporters of the Red Devils revelled in the return of the player who departed the club for £80m eleven years previously, the Bianconeri were left feeling like the rug had been pulled out from under them.

The five-time Champions League winner not only spent the pre-season with the Italian giants, he also came on from the bench in their opening Serie A match against Udinese.

At one point, it had appeared he had committed his future to the club after hitting out at “disrespectful” and “frivolous” speculation which had linked him with moves to Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.

However, ten days later, he left Turin and returned to the red half of Manchester. And Juventus’ defensive icon Chiellini believes the way he departed the club was extremely unhelpful.

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And Juventus’ defensive icon Chiellini believes the way he departed the club was extremely unhelpful.

“He left on August 28th,” Chiellini said in an interview with DAZN cited by MARCA. 

“I’m sure it would have been better for us if he had left earlier. It’s something we paid for.”

Juventus paid Real Madrid £101m to prise Ronaldo away from the Bernabeu in the 2018-19 season.

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It appeared the Italians had finally found the final piece in their Champions League winning puzzle, but they failed to get past the quarterfinals during the Portuguese star’s spell at the club.

Ronaldo’s abrupt return was a huge shock to Allegri, who looked extremely disappointed when he announced his departure from the club on the 27th August.

“Yesterday Cristiano told me that he no longer plans to play for Juventus,” Allegri said.

“This is why he will not be called up tomorrow. He did not train yesterday. He told his team mates this morning.

“I am not surprised at anything, in football there is the market and there are the needs of individuals.”

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Soon after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left the club, Juventus began their Serie A campaign in atrocious style. They followed up a 2-2 opening day draw against Udinese with back to back defeats against Empoli and Napoli.

However, the Old Lady appear to be on the recovery, having secured their eighth victory in nine matches after beating Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in the Champions League.

Their victory in Russia means they have recorded a 100% record in their group so far, having beaten Malmo and Chelsea 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

And Chiellini suggested their terrible start to the season may not have happened if Ronaldo had left the club earlier in the summer.

“It would have been better if he had left on August 1st,” he continued.

“We would have had time to organise ourselves. We wouldn’t have been thinking only about [Cristiano] and we would have begun the championship better prepared. 

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