The Italian side’s huge investment in the Portuguese to try and secure Champions League glory has ended in failure
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of Champions League glory with Juventus are over, for this year at least, after yet another stunning performance by Ajax in their quarter-final second leg in Turin.
Goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt cancelled out Ronaldo’s opener and sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory for the Dutch side, who knocked out Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid in the previous round.
Juventus splashed out €100 million (£86.4/$133m) to bring Ronaldo to Turin with the expectation it could fuel a charge for European glory.
The Portuguese forward is a five-time winner of the Champions League, first lifting the trophy with Manchester United in 2008. He has since gone on to win the competition four times with Real Madrid, including the last three.
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Ajax’s shock victory has ended those dreams in stunning fashion, meaning the Champions League semi-finals will not feature Ronaldo for the first time since 2010, when Real Madrid were knocked out in the last 16.
Unsurprisingly, there has been a huge reaction to the failure of Juventus’ very expensive gamble.
Ronaldo joined a team that’s won 6 Serie A‘s in a row, gets knocked out the Copa Italia & knocked out earlier than he’s ever been for 9 years in the Champions League & is currently losing the Golden Boot race to a 37 year old.
— JΛKE BUCKLEY 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) April 16, 2019
Club also needs to take blame. Spent €341m on Ronaldo and he’s been brilliant in knockouts but he is not enough. It’s been clear for two years now Juve don’t have a CL-winning midfield. Pjanic is a good player, not a great one. Juve’s midfield just can’t dominate games. #JUVAJA
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) April 16, 2019
Moral of the story :
— Stump.Microphone (@MicrophoneStump) April 16, 2019
— digiea (@digiea12) April 16, 2019
Ajax knocked Real madrid out
Real madrid fans ran to Ronaldo
Ajax knocked Ronaldo and Juve
Madrid fans: 👇 pic.twitter.com/X6nWkoFo2J
— MÉS QUE UN CLUB ❤💙 + 🔴 (@ums____) April 16, 2019
We bought Ronaldo so that we can win the CL pic.twitter.com/oAmtyld2oo
— #2021 (@semo33x) April 16, 2019
— Ndiema002™🇰🇪 (@ndiema002_) April 16, 2019
Ronaldo’s first season at Juve is a complete failure, no two ways about it.
He was signed to win a CL, but they’re gonna end up winning another Serie A title that they would’ve won regardless of whether or not they signed him.
— Juan (@socraticjuan) April 16, 2019
This team has no game plan, no identity and no guts. They depend on Ronaldo to do everything. Allegri should resign tonight.
— hash (@hashim0307) April 16, 2019