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Cristiano Ronaldo, while maintaining his usual ludicrously high personal standards, has seen the level of his teammates slip since joining Italian giants Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018.
The Turin-based side qualified for the Champions League on the final day of the Serie A season last time out, but Ronaldo was unsurprisingly hardly overjoyed at the fact his side had only just scraped into a competition he has already won four times.
Despite notching 101 goals in three seasons for Juve, one club legend thinks Ronaldo struggles to see eye-to-eye with both teammates and coaching staff alike, further fuelling exit rumours.
David Trezeguet, who worked with the club until he left his post as a club brand ambassador last week, gave a revealing interview in which he claimed no manager has been able to channel Ronaldo's best qualities quite like Zinedine Zidane.
In each of his three campaigns in Turin, Ronaldo has played under the reign of a different manager, Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo respectively.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Trezeguet revealed: "No one has been able to manage him like Zidane did, Maybe Juve lacked a certain dialogue.
"A coach can take a player, show him a game and say: 'Look, you walked for 90 minutes. Give me a hand to win'. There are players that make you win and you can't have them against you.
"Ronaldo makes you win, and so does [Paulo] Dybala. Others, with all due respect, less."
The former Juve forward, who bagged 171 himself for the club, went on to claim: "The biggest signing was getting Cristiano Ronaldo, because no one was expecting CR7 at a club that has always had great attention to the budget in its DNA.
"Of course, there were some problems with his teammates, he showed that, but he scored 100 goals."
Trezeguet's revelations will come at an unwelcome time for Juventus, who are already facing relentless rumours over where Ronaldo will play his future next season, with some reports indicating a remarkable return to Manchester United is not off the table.
The five-time Balon D'or winner has entered the final 12 months of his contract, ensuring that Juventus will either have to cash in on him this summer or face potentially losing him for nothing this time next year.
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However, newly-appointed Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini remains adamant Ronaldo will not be leaving the Bianconeri anytime soon.
"There has been no signal from Ronaldo," Cherubini said on Thursday. "Especially the rumours that there should be a transfer and there’s no sign from Juventus in this regard.
"Last season he scored 36 goals in 44 games, the numbers don’t always say everything but hide many truths, we are happy that Ronaldo will join the team as soon as he has finished his holidays."
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