Ronaldo committed to Juve despite Champions League flop: Allegri
Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to Juventus next season despite his bitter disappointment at the Italian giants Champions League flop, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed yesterday.
Allegri’s injury-hit side host Fiorentina on Saturday needing just a point to lift their eighth straight Serie A title, days after a shock home 2-1 defeat to the Dutch side that saw them eliminated 3-2 on aggregate. “Cristiano is the future of Juventus. He has done very well this year and will do so next season, of course, he is disappointed like all of us but he’s calm about it,” said Allegri. “Cristiano has had an extraordinary season and will play tomorrow.”
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo had been bidding for a sixth Champions League title to add to his four won with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United. The 34-year-old joined Juventus from Real last summer in a 100 million-euro ($117 million) deal which runs until 2022, with a reported annual salary of 31 million euros.
He scored six of his teams’ 14 Champions League goals this season and has 19 so far in Serie A, four behind leading scorer Fabio Quagliarella. “Ronaldo’s arrival did not give us any certainty of winning the Champions League,” continued Allegri. “Barcelona plays a semi-final this year for the first time after four years and they have (Lionel) Messi. Football is not just about individuals. “We have to put the disappointment of the elimination in the Champions League behind us.”
Injuries have hit Juve hard ahead of the weekend’s clash, with Sami Khedira announcing yesterday that he is set to have season-ending knee surgery, while Allegri revealed that attacker Mario Mandzukic could also miss rest of the season