Antonio Cassano has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo over his ‘selfish’ play which he feels does not suit Andrea Pirlo’s system.
The Portuguese star has shone brilliantly this season for the Turin giants; notching up 23 goals in 27 games so far.
Meanwhile, Cassano, who acknowledged Ronaldo to still be at the top of the game, believes the 36 -year-old is not finding it easy this season.
Ronaldo was tamed by his home club, FC Porto in the midweek, as Juventus fell 2 – 1 to the Portuguese outfit in their Champions League round of 16 first leg tie – to make it their second defeat in a row – after losing 1 – 0 to Napoli in the Serie A on Saturday.
Cassano speaking to Christian Vieri on Twitch: “I have always said, even though he is a phenomenon and has scored a billion goals, that with Andrea Pirlo’s idea of football he could run into difficulties”.
“He scores a goal per game, it’s true, but he struggles with Andrea’s idea. He’s always been a bit selfish, he doesn’t give a damn about others scoring goals.
“He’s the kind of player that lives to score, not for the game, for the great match. He lives to score and in this moment the situation is getting worse. The years pass for everyone and he is having difficulties.
The former Real Madrid forward continued: “The paradox is that Juventus have bought a player who has won five Champions Leagues but has so many difficulties in the Champions League.
“This is because, since [Maurizio] Sarri, Juventus are trying to show a style that is different to its history. It’s clear that Pirlo must be judged in four or five years, but Juventus want everything immediately.”