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Five Reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo may never win the Ballon d'Or again

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09 May 2019, 18:36 IST

#5-Juventus does not have the pedigree to go all the way in the Champions League

Juventus Training Session - Italian Supercup Previews
Juventus Training Session - Italian Supercup Previews

Massimiliano Allegri has guided Juventus to two Champions League finals in his five years in charge but his team has faltered in both, losing 3-1 to an MSN-inspired Barcelona in 2014-15 and then again to Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo-led Real Madrid (4-1) in 2016-17. Despite having one of the most organised defences in Europe at the crucial final juncture of Europe's top competition, Allegri has lacked the killer instinct to bring the trophy home.

Despite quarterfinal exits last season and now, embarrassingly this season too, the Juventus President, Andre Agnelli had come out and made it clear that Allegri will stay on as manager. Clearly this shows that the Juve management is unlikely to make a change at the top which means their results in the Champions League are unlikely to change next season as well.

Four out of the five Ballon d'Or Ronaldo has won over his long and illustrious career have come on the back of Champions League title triumphs and this lack of ambition and pedigree from Juventus' side hurts his chances of tasting the Continental glory again. Given their defensive mainstays Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are nearing retirement age, a major rebuilding process is also required at Turin to turn the Italian Champions into an outfit that can mount a serious UEFA Champions League title challenge.

They lacked their signature midfield steel against Ajax and are reportedly on the lookout for quality central midfielders, with Manchester United's Paul Pogba reportedly being considered. What is for sure is that Juventus without a radical change in personnel and management are unlikely to support Ronaldo in his quest for a record 6th Ballon d'Or.


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