Cristiano Ronaldo

Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt has admitted that Juventus missed Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Manchester United in the summer.

Ronaldo left Turin late in the transfer window and according to de Ligt, they didn’t find the perfect replacement for the Portuguese who was their top goalscorer in the previous season but feels that the deficit has been addressed following the arrival of Dusan Vlahovic this year.

“We lost Cristiano Ronaldo late in the summer and of course, we lost 30 goals with that. Because it was so late, we couldn’t get someone like Dusan Vlahovic back right away. We certainly missed that in the beginning.

“When I played against him (Vlahovic), I already noticed how strong and technically good he was. And what particularly appealed to me is that he is so driven to score a goal; he almost scolded teammates when he didn’t get the ball. You need an attacker like that upfront,” the defender told Dutch media outlet Rondo.

De Ligt joined Juventus in the summer of 2019 and with a £67.5m price tag, from Ajax. But despite his status as one of the world’s top center-backs, he has only become a regular this season due to the constant injuries to Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

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