Giovanni Gigli believes he would never have enticed Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid because he was still “too costly.” Juventus should be looking to “release Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the season,” according to Giovanni Gigli, who claims that signing the Portuguese was a “expensive” error.

In the summer of 2018, the Serie A giants struck a sensational deal with Real Madrid, luring a five-time Ballon d’Or winner away from a record-breaking spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.

An all-time great in Italy has retained remarkable standards in front of goal, but a forward who is now 36 years old has been unable to bring Turin the Holy Grail of Champions League glory, and doubts have been raised as to whether he was ever the right addition.

What has been said?

When asked if Ronaldo was the wrong choice for Juve, Gigli told Radio Punto Nuovo,

“Absolutely, yes!” That was something I told him on his first day at Juventus. He is a wonderful champion, but he is prohibitively expensive.

“It’s now up to Juventus. They’ve been paying him €1 million for each goal he scores. Andrea Agnelli, the president of Juventus, may be self-critical, but he doesn’t have great collaborators.

“The club should free Ronaldo and [Fabio] Paratici at the end of the season,” he continued. Perhaps Agnelli promoted him so that he could be demoted later. This may be the case.”

Ronaldo’s record at Juventus

The Portugal international has made 121 appearances for Juve, scoring 92 goals in the process.

He has 27 goals this season, but he was unable to help Andrea Pirlo’s side advance past Porto in the Champions League last-16.

Two Serie A titles have been won, but a man with five European titles on his resume has been brought in to bring long-awaited continental glory to the Allianz Stadium.

When does Ronaldo’s contract expire?

A four-year deal was handed to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star when he arrived in Italy.

Those terms are due to run until the summer of 2022.

An extension has been mooted for an evergreen superstar, with his personal ambition burning as bright as ever, but some big decisions are going to have to be made regarding the direction in which Juve want to head from this point.

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