The season full of collapse ended happily for Juventus in the end. The Bianconeri took the Italian Cup, and in the last round of Serie A, Napoli gave the black and whites a place in the Champions League with a shocking draw (1: 1) at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples against the uninterested Verona.
Juve easily beat Bologna away with 4: 1, and the match had a shocking overture. Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench. The media in Italy reported that the Portuguese told Pirlo and his teammates that he felt tired and that he was not ready to play a key match of the season for the former champion of Italy.
This decision immediately started an avalanche of comments and speculation that everything has to do with the announced return of the Portuguese to Manchester United this summer. This is the second time for Ronaldo to start a Serie A game from the bench.
It happened for the first time in the match with Spezia, when he entered the second half and with two goals he confirmed the convincing celebration of his team. Ronaldo "silenced" the critics by posting on social networks after the match.
He posted a black-and-white picture on his Instagram profile, in which he holds his finger in front of his mouth, and so indirectly called out all those who criticize him.
Pirlo after the match
After the match, the journalists asked Andrea Pirlo, the coach of Juventus, for an explanation for the absence of the first star, but the young expert did not add fuel to the fire.
He diplomatically commented on the absence of one of the best football players of today. "It was a joint decision. Ronaldo was tired after the Italian Cup final match against Atalanta, so I decided to put Morata, another great player, in the team," said Pirlo.
He added that the Portuguese was not injured. "Cristiano was available, but I have a wide bench and I can choose many different players," concluded the coach of the former Italian champion. Ronaldo arrived at Juventus in 2018 in a spectacular transfer from Real for more than 100,000.00 euros.
The Portuguese has a salary of 30,000,000 euros a year. His contract expires next year, but it has been written for months that the two sides could break up this summer. Juventus with Ronaldo was not even close to winning the Champions League, a trophy that the Turin giant has been waiting for a long time, and this season the scudetto ended up in Milan (Inter).
The Nerazzurri are on the Italian throne after a full decade. Juventus was eliminated after nine consecutive titles in the Apennines.