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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci reveals Cristiano Ronaldo’s negative impact on the team

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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has admitted that although Cristiano Ronaldo had a massive influence in Turin, there was a downside to having the Portuguese superstar in the team.

Speaking in a recent interview, Italy star Bonucci has revealed one negative impact he feels the Portugal superstar had on the Bianconeri during his spell with the club, even though he won two Serie A titles as well as two other domestic trophies with the team. 

Ronaldo scored an impressive 101 goals in 134 matches for the Old Lady, but Bonucci has now suggested that the team overly relied on the five Ballon d’Or winner’s heroics at times, thus causing some imbalances in the side. 

“This was the thing, the idea that one player, even the best in the world, could guarantee Juventus victory,” he told The Athletic. 

“Ronaldo’s presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra, but subconsciously players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games. 

“We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your teammates day after day. Over the last few years, I think you could see that.

“Last season, we finished fourth and won the Coppa Italia because we became a team again.

“If you had thrown a piece of wood in the dressing room before those games, it would have caught fire such was the electricity running through it.

“We missed that. Maybe it was taken for granted that if we gave the ball to Ronaldo, then he’d win us the game. 

“But Ronaldo needed the team as much as we needed him. There had to be a trade-off because it’s the team that lifts the individual even if the individual is the best player on the planet.” 

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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