Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini has issued a scathing assessment of Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at the club, saying it would have been better if he’d left for Manchester United earlier.

Ronaldo brought an end to a three-year spell in Turin at the end of this summer when he completed a dream move back to Manchester United.

Despite scoring 101 goals in 134 games for the Italian giants, his time with them has largely been deemed a disappointment.

While Juventus won two titles, two Supercoppa’s and the Coppa Italia during his time at the club, they were unsuccessful in the Champions League during his time there.

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Increasing their chances of winning Europe’s grand prize was one of the main reasons they signed the Portuguese superstar from Real Madrid in the first place, but instead, the feeling is that Juventus lost their edge as a team to instead support Ronaldo.

Since his departure, several of the current squad have spoken in less than glowing terms about him, and Chiellini is the latest to stick the knife into the Manchester United man.

“Ronaldo left on August 28; for us, it would have been better if he had left earlier,” Calciomercato report him saying.

“We paid something, it created a small shock, and I think we paid something in terms of points. If he had left on August 1, we would have had time to prepare better.

“We had arrived at a point in our relationship where Cristiano needed new stimuli and a team that would play for him because when he finds a team like that, he is decisive.

“He is proving it in these months and he has also shown it in the three years he has been with us.”