Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has praised Cristiano Ronaldo as the future of the Serie A star club despite their inabily to make it to Champions League earlier this week.
Ronaldo was signed by Juventus last summer and many thought the Serie A club made the deal in an attempt to win the Champions League.
Surprisingly, Allegri has stated that having Ronaldo in his team, does not guarantee Juventus the Champions League title.
Addressing a press conference ahead of Juventus match against Fiorentina on Saturday, April 20, which could see his club lift an eight consecutive Serie A title,
Allegri said: “I always said that with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, there was no mathematical assurance of winning the Champions League.
“Football is not a science. What’s been written about Ronaldo confirms that his arrival at Juve did not guarantee us the Champions League.
“Look at Barcelona, who are back in the semifinals this year after four seasons and they’ve got Messi. There are lots of components to football. “If we only win the league, it still means we’ve had a great season.”
Following the loss to Ajax in midweek, there has been speculation that Ronaldo may be unhappy at Juventus and is plotting to leave the club next summer.’
But Allegri has discarded such claims, stating that the Portuguese star is ready to start for Juventus against Fiorentina.
He said: “Ronaldo’s had a great season and he’ll play tomorrow.
“He’s the future of Juventus; an extraordinary player and he’ll have another great season next year.
“He’s calm and disappointed like we all are because we’re out of the Champions League, and we would have liked to have won it. “But football is made of joy and sadness.”