CRISTIANO RONALDO has performed better for Juventus than he did in his last three years at Real Madrid.
That’s the verdict of ESPN pundit Stewart Robson, who claims the Portuguese ‘became just a goalscorer’ in his final years with Real.
Ronaldo, 34, left the Bernabeu to join Juve in a shock £100m switch last summer.
He has bagged 28 goals in 42 games for Massimiliano Allegri’s side in his debut season, yet despite clinching another Serie A title, the Old Lady’s overall campaign can be deemed a slight failure due to their exit in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Robson doesn’t think Ronaldo is at fault for their woes, nevertheless, insisting the Ballon d’Or legend has looked sharper in Turin than in his last three years with Madrid.
“I think he’s looked a better player at Juventus than he did for the last two or three years at Real Madrid”
“I think he’s looked a better player at Juventus than he did for the last two or three years at Real Madrid,” he told ESPN FC.
“And the reason I say that is because at Real Madrid for two or three seasons he became just a goalscorer.
“He was a great box player. Every time the ball went into wide areas, he’s running into the box and trying to win balls in the air – which he did. And that’s why he scored so many goals.
“You very rarely saw him run with the ball, you very rarely saw him make a pass, you very rarely saw him go past someone and get a cross in.”
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He continued: “This season at Juventus, I think he’s looked a yard sharper. I think he’s looked a yard quicker.
“He’s gone past people with the ball, he’s made some fantastic runs at times.
“So I think in terms of his performance, he’s been a better Ronaldo over the last 12 months than he was for the last three years at Real Madrid.
“Has it been a success for Juventus? Not quite so much because for many years they’ve won the double. They didn’t win the Coppa Italia. They got knocked out in the quarter-final.
“He was brought in to do much better in the Champions League and they performed really poorly against Ajax and were outplayed totally. He ended up being the lone centre-forward and it was really up against him.
“So in terms of Juventus has it been a success? No.
“[But] Ronaldo’s performances have actually been better, so you can’t blame Ronaldo for Juventus’ failure.”