Ronaldo has spent over two years in Turin, but has yet to understand their local language.
Pasquale Bruno, the former Juventus defender of the opinion that the Portuguese superstar lacks respect for both his team-mates and the country of Italy as a whole, has called Cristiano Ronaldo “ignorant.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, widely regarded as one of the best footballers in history, ended a nine-year stay at Real Madrid in 2018 as he decided to start a new chapter with Juventus in his career.
The 35-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down since his arrival despite his advancing years, doing his fair share of graft and bagging plenty of goals to help the Bianconeri to back-to-back Serie A titles.
However, although the skill of the Portuguese captain is unquestioned, Bruno believes that the reluctance to learn Italian smacks of a lack of respect for the rest of the Juventus squad and the general public in his new home during his two years in the country.
“He ‘s stupid,” said the 58-year-old during a Tiki Taka appearance. He spent two years in Italy and has not yet learned to speak our language. To express himself, he uses Spanish. He doesn’t have much regard for his team-mates or the Italians.
However, with Juan Cuadrado saying at the latest Champions League pre-match press conference that the attacker is a model professional who helps to move his team forward, Ronaldo is unlikely to be influenced by those remarks.
The Colombian said of his team-mate’s return from a coronavirus-enforced lay-off, “Ronaldo is very happy; he couldn’t wait to come back and play.” You saw it from the moment he walked [against Spezia] onto the pitch.
For us, he’s an extra weapon; we all know what he’s offering the squad. He is very optimistic and that helps us too, passing on the professionalism and willingness to win that we all need to have.
Although Ronaldo came off the bench against Spezia, he is expected to feature on Wednesday against Ferencvaros from the start and head coach Andrea Pirlo stated that despite switching his on-field team, he would not change his tactics.
“There’s the same mentality. “The players turn from game to game, but the positions are the same,” said the Italian legend. [Weston] McKennie played against Spezia, two games ago [Aaron] Ramsey and before that [Dejan] Kulusevski were there.
“Whoever plays does not matter, the model remains the same.”