Leonardo Bonucci criticizes locker room atmosphere during Ronaldo’s Juventus era
Juventus veteran and Italian international Leonardo Bonucci downloaded a scathing assessment of the Bianconeri wearing during the Cristiano Ronaldo era in Turin.
– Mirror Soccer (@MirrorFootball) September 29, 2021
When speaking with Athletic (quoted by the Mirror), Bonucci claimed that Ronaldo’s presence in the dressing room and the star power he carried with him changed the mental dynamics within the team.
“This was the question, the idea that a player, even the best in the world, could guarantee the victory of Juventus.
Cristiano’s presence influenced us a lot. Just training with him gave us something extra, but unconsciously the players began to think that his mere presence was enough to win games.
We started to fall a little short in our daily work, humility, sacrifice, the desire to be up to date with your teammate. In the last few years, I think it could be seen.
Bonucci continued, discussing the balance that was finally achieved between Ronaldo and the collective group when the club achieved success in the Coppa Italia despite failing to win its 10th consecutive Scudetto;
“But Cristiano needed the team as much as we needed him.
There had to be compensation because it is the team that elevates the individual, even if the individual is the best player on the planet. “
One-man wrecking crew rarely guarantees success
The best example of a player struggling to live one side above all adversaries comes from none other than Ronaldo’s greatest rival in Lionel Messi.
Long burdened with the task of bringing Argentina World Cup glory as he was the anointed successor to the late great Diego Maradona, Messi failed at all times to ask throughout his international career until The Albiceleste he lifted his first major trophy since 1993 when he defeated fierce rival Brazil in the 2021 Copa América final.
But players like Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, David Villa, Samuel Eto’o, Sergio Agüero, Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suárez did not enjoy the great success they achieved at the club level without lifting those around them.
Henry would not have been the same Arsenal player without Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp, nor Rooney without David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
While it is not a slight to Ronaldo that players who rely on his incredible skill as a footballer, the onus should remain with the best and brightest in the game to elevate their clubmates rather than revel in adoration.