Gigi Buffon Defends Cristiano Ronaldo From His Juventus Critics

Gigi Buffon believes the team’s performances have caused Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘suffer’ this season and equally rubbished suggestions the club’s slump in form is down to the Portuguese.

Despite Cristiano scoring a league-high of 27 goals, Juventus’ nine-year dominance in the Serie A has ended after Inter Milan won the league title earlier this month.

Together with the fact that Juventus have failed to progress past the Champions League quarter-finals since Ronaldo’s arrival in 2018, has raised questions over the former Real Madrid’s impact as the club sits on the brink of Europa League football for next season.

However, Gigi Buffon has defended his teammate and made a strong point to his critics.

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“I have an excellent relationship with Ronaldo,” the Legendary goalkeeper told beIN Sports. “He’s very nice to me.

“He has scored a lot of goals, always. Like in the last few years. The individual is enhanced when the team reaches important goals.

“If this doesn’t happen, the performances of the individuals suffer as well.”

The Italian added on Juventus’ season: “We lacked continuity.

“In the end, in the games we played against the top five, six teams, we often won. We drew sometimes and lost some.

“But it has always been even games. Instead, we lost stupid points against the lesser teams. This means you are a team that have yet to grow in character.”

Gigi Buffon, 43, has also confirmed he will leave Juventus for a second time at the end of the season but hasn’t decided whether to end his career just yet.

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