Just in the last few weeks, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini spoke out on Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus.
Bonucci said that the Juventus players need to find back their pre-Ronaldo spirit, while the captain blamed his late departure for the team’s woeful start to the campaign.
Naturally, the Manchester United star didn’t appreciate the words of his former teammates, and he decided to strike back on the first occasion.
“I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win, and to score goals – it’s part of my job,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports UK as translated by Football Italia.
“The people who don’t want to see that is because they don’t like me but to be honest, I’m 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep good at night. I go to my bed with my conscience very good. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things.
“Criticism is always part of the business. I’m not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing, to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it’s because they know my potential and value in football still. So it’s good. I’ll give you an example: if you’re in a school and you’re the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they’ll say they don’t like him.”
Meanwhile, it’s claimed that the duo’s opinions were based on the what the club experienced after Ronaldo’s prompt departure rather than to launch personal attacks nor insults for their former striker.