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Patrice Evra explains why ‘scapegoat’ Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United was one of the most widely covered news stories in modern sporting history and so far, the superstar forward has wasted no time to get up and running at the club.

Ronaldo scored twice on his ‘second debut’ against Newcastle in September, and boasts a record of six goals in nine games for his side, which includes goals in all three rounds of the Champions League so far.

The 36-year-old finished as the leading goalscorer in Italy last season, ahead of former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who ended up joining Chelsea in a £97m transfer.

Evidently, all was not well in Turin despite Ronaldo’s flourishing goalscoring. Patrice Evra, Ronaldo’s team-mate for three years at United, has now revealed why Ronaldo left the club.

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“Because he needs love and respect,” Evra told La Repubblica. “He had understood that in Turin, he was becoming the scapegoat for Juventus’ bad results.

“However, many forget that it’s not easy to win in Serie A. [Andre] Agnelli’s target is to win the Scudetto every year, not the Champions League.

“Allegri’s words also had a role in Ronaldo’s exit. He said “Ronaldo won’t play all games,” there’s no reason to say it publicly, just keep it private because Cristiano is affected by things like this.”

Manchester United fans won’t be complaining – the forward remains one of the most lethal finishers in European football and will score plenty more.

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