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‘Signing Ronaldo was a mistake,’ says ex-Juventus president Gigli

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The Bianconeri have been instructed to cut their losses on the superstar forward who they bought for €100 million three years ago.

Signing Cristiano Ronaldo “was a mistake” for Juventus and “the sooner he leaves, the better” for both parties, says the club’s former president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli.

Ronaldo is currently into his fourth season at Juventus, and his past three were nothing short of sensational.

He has led the Bianconeri to five major honors so far, notching up an impressive 101 goals and 22 assists in 134 appearances in the process.

The 36-year-old’s future has been a subject of intense speculations lately, with him having entered into the final year of the four-year contract that he signed upon his arrival in 2018.

“I’ve always been honest: signing Ronaldo was a mistake. It’s impossible to recoup the investment and it will remain that way,” Gigli told SerieANews.

“He’s a great player, but I have to be honest – the sooner he leaves, the better for him and for Juventus.

“I hope that [Juve head coach] Massimiliano Allegri knows how to continue using him like he did against Udinese. That is, with intelligence and when the game is in progress. 

“Ronaldo hampers Juventus’ attack. Without him, they can do excellent things in collective terms.

“Renewing [Paulo] Dybala and selling Ronaldo in the next week would be best for all parties. But I don’t believe someone like Ronaldo can be put on the market in seven days.”