Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates at Juventus are reportedly not happy with him and he has been ‘isolated’ in the Juventus dressing-room with team-mates believing the Portuguese star has been preferential treatment.
Ronaldo scored his 100th goal for the Old Lady in a 3-1 win at Sassuolo on Wednesday which keeps Andrea Pirlo’s side in the hunt for a top-four spot, though they still need Napoli to drop points in one of their final two games.
However Monday, following the embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home to AC Milan on Sunday, while his team-mates went to train, Ronaldo was given a day off to collect his new £1.4million Ferrari Monza from the manufacturer’s base in Maranello.
The development caused vexation within the playing camp, according to Spanish outlet AS.
The report also adds that the 36-year-old striker was accompanied by Juve president Andrea Agnelli and Exor Chairman and CEO John Elkann.
And now Ronaldo’s team-mates are said to be unhappy with the favourable treatment the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to receive.
His teammates do not see Ronaldo as a leader with his attitude on the pitch, the report states, with his gesticulations every time the ball does not reach him seen as unhelpful.
Ronaldo’s future at the club is currently up in the air with Juve far from guaranteed Champions League football next season.
Back in November, Juve boss Andrea Pirlo dismissed the accusation that Ronaldo receives ‘special treatment’ in contrast to the rest of the squad.
‘I treat him like I treat all the other players,’ Pirlo said.
‘I’m always available on and off the pitch. It’s easy to have a good relationship between humble people. I’m like that.
‘I behave with him – a champion – like I do with [Gianluca] Frabotta or [Manolo] Portanova, who are two young players.
‘I do the same things I was used to doing when I was a player.’
Ronaldo has been linked with moves back to either of his old clubs – Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid – as well as a big-money switch to PSG