Giorgio Chiellini has said that Juventus paid for the late departure, which he called shocking, of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, admitting that it would have been much better for the Italian giant if the Portuguese had left earlier.
In one of the biggest transfers in Premier League history, the 36-year-old striker returned to the place where he made a name for himself in the final days of the summer transfer window.
The Portuguese superstar signed a two-year contract with Manchester United, with the possibility of extension for another year.
Juventus had very few days to find a replacement for him and as a result the new Serie A season for Massimiliano Allegri’s team started very badly.
After several losses and draws in the first games, the Whites have recovered now and have won the last four games in all competitions.
Juve defender Chiellini spoke about Ronaldo leaving Torino on Wednesday.
“We reached a point in our relationship when Cristiano needed new goals and a team that would play for him, because when he finds such a team it is crucial,” said Chiellini.
“Here at Juventus a resumption and renewal program was born. Ronaldo would have been added value if he had stayed, but it is normal that he thought about the present and not the future,” he added.
“It would have been better for us if he had left earlier. We paid for it, a shock, we paid something for it in terms of points,” he underlined.