Cristiano Ronaldo is selfish and doesn't care if other Juventus players score - Cassano
After Juventus fell to a 2-1 defeat to Porto on Wednesday, Antonio Cassano said Cristiano Ronaldo is showing a selfish side to his game.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded "selfish" and is struggling to adjust to Andrea Pirlo's style of play at Juventus, so says former Italy international Antonio Cassano.
Juventus suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat away at Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, with Federico Chiesa scoring in the 82nd minute after Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega put Sergio Conceição's side in control.
Ronaldo supplied two key passes and only had one shot on target in the match, with the Bianconeri facing possible elimination in the first knockout round for the second straight season. It was the first time Ronaldo had registered one shot or fewer in a Champions League match since the November 2019 meeting with Atlético Madrid.
Ronaldo struggles to take in Pirlo's ideas - Cassano
Juve spent €112million to bring five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo to Turin in 2018 with the aim of boosting their chances of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1996. But Cassano thinks Ronaldo has struggled to adapt to the philosophy of rookie coach Pirlo and is too focused on himself to help the team.
"I have always said, even though he is a phenomenon and has scored a billion goals, that with Andrea Pirlo's idea of football he could run into difficulties," Cassano said on Christian Vieri's Twitch channel BoboTV. "He scores a goal per game, it's true, but he struggles with Andrea's idea. He's always been a bit selfish, he doesn't give a damn about others scoring goals. He's the kind of player that lives to score, not for the game, for the great match. He lives to score and in this moment the situation is getting worse. The years pass for everyone and he is having difficulties. The paradox is that Juventus have bought a player who has won five Champions Leagues but has so many difficulties in the Champions League. This is because, since Sarri, Juventus are trying to show a style that is different to its history. It's clear that Pirlo must be judged in four or five years, but Juventus want everything immediately."
Ronaldo close to 100 goals for Juventus
Ronaldo has scored 88 goals in 116 games in all competitions for Juve and has supplied 19 assists. Juan Cuadrado (21) is the only Juventus player to have laid on more goals since the Portugal captain's arrival ahead of the 2018-19 season.
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