Juventus rehired its old manager after a dismal season, and it could signal the final nail in the coffin for Cristiano Ronaldo
- Juventus' reappointing of Max Allegri could signal the end for
Cristiano Ronaldoin Turin.
- Allegri reportedly told the club to "get rid" of Ronaldo during his previous tenure.
- Sky Sports Italia reports the 53-year-old's stance hasn't changed ahead of his return.
According to Goal, Allegri, who left Juventus in 2019 after guiding it to four consecutive Serie A titles, has signed a deal to replace Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo was sacked on Friday after a disappointing debut season in charge.
Allegri's appointment has not yet been confirmed by Juventus, but has been widely reported in the Italian media, and an official announcement is expected Friday.
In 2018, during Allegri's first tenure as boss, Juventus broke the bank to sign Ronaldo, spending $149 million to bring him to Turin from Real Madrid.
Relations between the two men soured quickly after Ronaldo arrived.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported in 2019 that the Italian told Juventus president Andrea Agnelli to "get rid" of the Portuguese superstar.
Allegri allegedly said Ronaldo was "blocking the growth of the team and the club" - an opinion Sky Sports Italia reports the 53-year-old manager stands by ahead of his return to Turin.
It says that Allegri is planning for life without Ronaldo, and will instead build his team around Argentine Paolo Dybala, who was his talisman during his first spell with Juve.
Despite Ronaldo scoring 101 goals across three seasons at the Allianz Stadium, Juventus' performance as a team has declined year-on-year since the 36-year-old's arrival.
This term, The Old Lady finished fourth in Serie A - its worst finish in a decade - while it also crashed out of the Champions League in the last-16 at the hands of FC Porto.
Ronaldo, whose Juventus contract ends next summer, has been linked with a move to former clubs Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United, as well as Paris Saint Germain.
Though Ronaldo hasn't commented publicly on his future, he was seen loading his supercar collection onto a flatbed truck earlier in May, while he also posted a cryptic Instagram saying he has achieved his goals in Italy.
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