Buffon explains how Ronaldo damaged Juventus’ Champions League chances
Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo has negatively impacted his former club.
Ronaldo has enjoyed three successful years in Turin, winning two Serie A titles, as well as domestic cups.
However, the Portuguese superstar was unable to bring Juventus to Champions League glory having arrived a year after the Italian giants reached the final of the competition, ultimately losing to Real Madrid in Cardiff.
On paper, Ronaldo should improve any team’s chances of winning the Champions League, but that was not the case for Juventus, according to experienced goalkeeper Buffon.
Buffon, who is now with Parma, has played for Juventus before and during Ronaldo’s time at the club, and he believes the team have backed down in some respects after signing the Portuguese.
“Juventus had the opportunity to win the Champions League the first year they arrived, that was when I was in Paris,” he told TUND via Mundo Deportivo.
“I can’t say what happened. When I got back I worked with Cristiano for two years and we worked well together, but I think Juventus lost their team DNA.
“When we got to the Champions League final in 2017, it was because we were an experimental team and we worked as a unit.
“There was a skill within the group through the XI posts. We lost that with Ronaldo.
Ronaldo left Juventus this summer, joining Manchester United in a cut-price deal before his Turin contract expired a year later.
Buffon has also moved, now 43, and he now plays for Parma, already totaling 29 appearances.