Amid recent criticism, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli says he would sign Cristiano Ronaldo all over again if he had the chance.
Andrea Agnelli has defended Juventus’s decision to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting CR7’s arrival in Serie A has also benefitted other clubs.
Juve coughed out £100m to sign Ronaldo from Real Madrid, with the hopes that the Portuguese can help the club win a European trophy that has eluded them since 1995.
Plans have not turned out well, with Juve failing to go past the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2018.
Ronaldo was rather quiet in Juve’s shock Champions League defeat to Porto and it has been suggested that the Portuguese is holding back the rest of the team.
However, the Juve chairman has defended the club’s decision to sign Ronaldo, while also doing the same for under-fire coach Andrea Pirlo.
He said to Corriere dello Sport: “Wrong to take Ronaldo? Never.”
“I would do it again tomorrow. And Pirlo too. Stability allows us to follow the path of growth by investing in young players and coaches even at their first experience.”
Agnelli added: “We brought Cristiano to Italy and his presence alone has guaranteed the other clubs €4 million at the box office.”
“We wish to continue importing other champions with the benefits for all levels of football, from the youngsters to the amateurs.”