October 29, 2021 || 3:54 pm

Ronaldo made into ‘scapegoat’ for Juventus failings, says ex-Manchester United teammate Evra

The Portuguese star is ba’ck at Old Trafford following three year’s in Serie A – and his old colleague feels he was not treated right  Italy.


Cristiano Ronaldo was m’ade a “scapegoat” for Juve’ntus’ shortcomings during his tenure at the club, ” ” former Manchester United team-mate Patrice Evra.

The Portu’guese sta’r has ret’urned to Old Tra:fford mo’re than a decade after he wrote th’e first part of his lege’nd in the Premier League, follow”’ing 3 successful years in Turin with 2 Scudetto crowns.

Yet despite 2 Serie A Footballer of the Year titles during h’is time in Italy, Rona’ldo fou’nd hi’mself cast as the villain in his final term – a role Evra says was “ridic’ulous” for the striker.

What has been said?

“Cristiano needs lo’ve and res’pect,” Evra told La Repub’blica. “Instead, at Juve, he was bec’oming the scape’goat.


The criticisms in Italy have b’een ridiculous and a bit hypo’critical. [It was a] mis’take when [Massimil’iano] Allegri said: ‘Cristiano will not p’lay all the games’. There is no ne’ed to say things in public. In any case, Cristiano’s on’ly tr’ue lo’ve is Manches’ter Unit’ed.”

Evra reflects on Se’rie A experience

Like Ronaldo, the Fren’chman followed his time at M’an Utd with a move to Italy, and sp’ent a two-and-a-half year spell wi’th Juve between 2014 and 2017.

Under Allegri – who has retu’rned to the Bianconeri for a sec’ond spell this term – Evra ha’s acknowledged the coa’ch’s prowess, but feels I’talian football overextends itself o’n the biggest stages.


He has an incred’ible flair,” he added. “More tha’n [Sir Alex] Ferguson. Allegri alw’ays knows how a game will go bef’ore it starts. [But] in Italy you train too much.

“If the right ba’lance we’re fou’nd, the Italian tea’ms cou’ld often win the Champions League. Inst’ead, it pushes everything to the ex’treme. For me it is a sign of inse’curity.”

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