'Not a priority': Juventus boss' stunning Cristiano Ronaldo claim

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo puts his hands on his head in frustration.
Juventus admit that extending Cristiano Ronaldo's deal at the club is not a priority. Pic: AAP

Extending the contract of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo "is not a priority" for Juventus, according to the managing director of the Italian club.

Ronaldo came under heavy criticism after Juve crashed out of the Champions League round of 16 for the second straight year.

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Juventus paid huge money to bring Ronaldo to the club from Real Madrid, where he helped Los Blancos to four Champions League titles.

However, the massive investment is yet to pay off for the Italian giants in Europe, who have once again been left to ponder what might have been after letting their most recent opportunity slip against Porto.

Despite winning the second leg 3-2 for a 4-4 aggregate score against the Portuguese side, Juventus were sent packing on the away goals rule.

Ronaldo copped a wave of backlash from fans after the last-16 defeat, with many insisting his chances of guiding Juventus to a third Champions League title are effectively over.

The 36-year-old was ineffective against Porto and was also at fault for the decisive free kick from Sergio Oliveira when he turned his back in the defensive wall, allowing the ball to go through his legs and into the bottom corner of the goal.

Ronaldo still has a year left on his current deal with Juventus - worth an eye-watering £560,000-a-week ($A1 million).

The Italian club - like many around the world - have been hit hard financially by the Covid-19 crisis, leading to mounting speculation that Ronaldo will be sold.

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Juventus managing director Fabio Paratici has added fuel to the rumours by admitting that there are no plans in place to extend the four-time Ballon d'Or winner's stay in Turin.

"Fortunately, there is still a year on Ronaldo’s contract, so we have time to talk to him.

"That’s not a priority right now."

While Ronaldo was unable to inspire success for Juventus in this season's Champions League, he is anything but a spent force in terms of goalscoring.

Seen here, Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated in the Champions League round of 16 defeat against Porto.
Cristiano Ronaldo has one year left on his monster deal with Juventus. Pic: AAP

The Portuguese ace's 27 goals in 32 games for Juve is actually his best goals-per-game ratio since joining the Italians in 2018.

Under-pressure Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was left to lament the fact that his champion forward couldn't conjure something special against Porto.

"When [Ronaldo] plays he usually gives us a 1-0 headstart.

"But it also happens that a player like him fails to score. It also happens to champions.

"He gave his contribution by doing what he had to do. It is a pity that we didn't manage to qualify."

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