Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed Juventus’ online promotion for a new shirt in the latest hint that he might leave this summer as the 36-year-old sees Matthijs de Ligt take first place
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus is increasingly in doubt
- Usually the focus of commercial events, but has been sidelined for introduction
- Ronaldo presented a website below promoting the new Juventus kits
- Matthijs de Ligt and Rodrigo Bentancur were elected before Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be nearing the exit door at Juventus after being sidelined for the launch of the new shirt.
The Portuguese star is usually at the center of all commercial events as the most marketable man in world football, but fell into the pecking order in Turin.
Matthijs de Ligt, Rodrigo Bentancur, Weston McKennie and Paulo Dybala were all selected as main models to promote the kits for the 2021-22 season, with Ronaldo relegated further down the page.
Juventus have used Matthijs de Ligt (left), Alvaro Morata (center), Rodrigo Bentancur (top right) and Weston McKennie (bottom right) in their marketing in front of Cristiano Ronaldo
Paulo Dybala was also chosen to play front and center rather than the Portuguese star
Ronaldo could be heading for the exit in Turin as some fans read the introduction of the new kit
The exclusion of the 36-year-old from first place fueled the fire of proposals to leave the club this summer with one year remaining.
There are signs that Ronaldo’s third year at Juventus could be his last.
However, it remains to be seen whether another club will be found willing to pay the £ 27million required for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Andrea Pirlo got the shoe after an extremely disappointing season and Massimiliano Allegri is back in charge.
Ronaldo’s image has been downgraded to the website and mobile app
Ronaldo, who is preparing for the European Championship with Portugal, couldn’t help Juventus win Serie A.
He will meet Ronaldo and make it clear to him that no one at the club is sacrosanct, especially after finishing fourth last season.
Allegri is expected to announce to the legendary striker that his role will change if he stays at the club next season.
Moving to Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 means Ronaldo won’t get the hybrid attacking role he was granted last season.
The 37-year-old may only have one big step in his career if he leaves this summer
Given Ronaldo’s exorbitant £ 28m annual salary, the club are hoping he can leave to take some pressure off the payroll.
According to reports in Spain, PSG have made contact with Ronaldo’s agents but a deal may depend on Kylian Mbappe leaving the club for Real Madrid.
PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi is said to be believing Ronaldo can team up with Neymar to help the club win the previously elusive Champions League crown.