Ex-Real Madrid superstar brands Cristiano Ronaldo 'failure' at Juventus despite winning 2 Serie A titles
- Cristiano Ronaldo was on target for Juventus in their 1-1 draw against Verona
- The Old Lady continue to struggle in the league as they sit nine points away from Inter Milan
- Antonio Cassano has ripped the 36-year-old apart saying he is more of a failure in Turin
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Former Italy striker Antonio Cassano has blamed Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus' 1-1 draw against ninth-place Hellas Verona.
The 36-year-old powered Andrea Pirlo's men ahead just after four minutes into the second half but a 77th-minute equaliser from Antonin Barak cancelled out the Portuguese earlier effort.
Both teams eventually settled for a 1-1 draw in a game Juve could have grabbled maximum points and reduce the gap between them and log leaders Inter Milan.
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As it stands, the Serie A defending champions have 46 points after 23 matches while Antonio Conte's men boast 53 points from the same number of games.
Antonio Cassano and Cristiano Ronaldo during one of the Champions League meetings between Real Madrid and AC Milan.
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The Portugal international moved to the Turin club in a deal valued to be around £105 million in 2018 to improve their chances of winning the Champions League which they last won in 1996.
However, despite the five-time Ballon d'Or winner scoring 90 goals in 117 games for Juventus so far, they haven't done well on the European front.
They battle FA Porto in the second leg of their UCL clash at the Allianz Stadium next month having lost the reverse fixture 2-1 on February 17.
Meanwhile, Cassano speaking to Corriere dello Sport about Ronaldo's impact and relationship with manager Andrea Pirlo, he was quoted by SunSport saying:
"Juventus signed him to win the Champions League, but they've done worse with him than they've done before. They'd also won the Scudetto [Serie A title] without him. I think he's been a failure.
"It's been a mistake [pitting Ronaldo and Pirlo together]. Juve have only been interested in winning for 120 years, but [Maurizio] Sarri and Pirlo tried to change their identity.
"They've tried to improve their style of play rather than win. Cristiano just doesn't work in the same way as Andrea.
"He'll keep scoring goals because he knows how to do that no matter what. He'll cut in from the left, get the ball on his right foot and fire it in.
"But Pirlo wants to build the play, pressure the opposition and play between the lines, and this means Cristiano doesn't participate much. "I think Cristiano has done terribly over the last three years."
Cassano, who played for Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, has repeatedly criticised Ronaldo in recent weeks.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Antonin Barrak cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's goal as Juventus were forced to 1-1 draw by Verona in a tough Serie A encounter.
The 36-year-old scored his 19th league goal of the season in the early minutes of the second half but Juve's joy was short-lived as Verona struck back through their substitute Barrak.
This was after the first half failed to produce any goal with Wojciech Szczesny making a significant stop from Marco Davide Faraoni to keep the scoreline goalless at the break.
Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.
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