Buffon: Juve lost their team spirit with Ronaldo

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Parma goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Juventus were not a team when Cristiano Ronaldo was in the squad.

Ronaldo join Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018 before playing for three years. And has just return to Manchester United this season. 

Despite the personal results and statistics, Ronaldo can do well, but as a team. Unity was what Buffon viewed as affecting the “Zebra” army during that time. 

The 43-year-old said: “Juve had the opportunity to win the UEFA Champions League in the first year he arrived. It was the year I was playing for Paris Saint-Germain, but I don’t know what happened.

“When I moved back to Juve I have played with Ronaldo for 2 years, we get along well. But I think Juve has lost the DNA of being a ufabet team.”

“We reached the 2017 Champions League final because our team has gained a lot of experience. but above all is oneness. There is competition for a place in a very strong team. But we lost here with Ronaldo.”

The statistics do show some evidence for that, as despite leaving in the summer for Manchester United, Ronaldo is still the top Juventus scorer for the calendar year 2021 with 20 goals in all competition.

It is hardly the first time that Juve players have said Ronaldo’s presence focused all their attentions on giving him service, with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini also mentioning they were relying on individual talents rather than acting as a team.