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Juventus to Review Arbitration Decision on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Unpaid Wages

Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr
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Juventus is reassessing a recent decision by an arbitration court regarding owed wages to former striker Cristiano Ronaldo, the club announced on Wednesday.

The arbitration tribunal ordered Juventus to pay approximately €9.8 million ($10.46 million) to Ronaldo, who now plays for Saudi club Al Nassr, in relation to a pay cut agreed upon during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ronaldo had claimed that he was owed around €19.5 million ($20.81 million) of outstanding wages by Juventus, stemming from a pay reduction agreement made during the pandemic period.

In a statement sent to Reuters, Juventus confirmed that the arbitration board had validated the compensation reduction agreement for the 2020/21 sporting season. However, they were only instructed to pay half of the sum requested by the 39-year-old Portugal striker.

“The Company, also with the support of its legal counsel, is reviewing the decision made by the arbitration board, reserving all assessments and initiatives to preserve its rights,” Juventus stated.

Ronaldo’s tenure at Juventus began in August 2018 and saw him play a pivotal role in securing two consecutive Serie A titles, an Italian Cup, and two Super Cups for the club. However, he departed Italy to rejoin Manchester United in 2021.

This development adds another layer to Ronaldo’s complex relationship with Juventus following his departure. The dispute over unpaid wages underscores the financial intricacies involved in modern football contracts and the potential legal ramifications that can arise.

Juventus fans and football enthusiasts will be closely following the outcome of Juventus’ review process and any subsequent actions taken by the club regarding the arbitration decision.