Is Cristiano Ronaldo really the answer to Juventus' problems?
Cristiano Ronaldo has turned out to be a fantastic signing for Juventus in their quest to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995/96, and they are on course to do so, especially with the Portuguese performing like he did against Atletico Madrid in the Quarter-Finals.
Ronaldo has currently already scored 24 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions this season, being in the list of the top scorers in the Serie A.
However, Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus has also hindered several players. Most notably, Paulo Dybala has been massively affected with the Portuguese star's arrival at the Allianz Stadium. The Argentine has failed to stamp his authority in the attack, scoring just nine goals in 35 games in all competitions this season.
To put this into perspective, Dybala was magnificent for Juventus last season, being the focal point of their attack, scoring 26 goals in 46 games in all competitions, a remarkable record, especially for someone that is not a traditional striker.
Whilst Max Allegri said that "Dybala is playing the same role as he did last year and the year before", it is clear that the Argentine has had to make way for Ronaldo to lead the line even more. This has led to Dybala being mentioned for a move away from the club, with Liverpool and Manchester United being the clubs that are reportedly interested in his signature the most.
As shown throughout the last few matches whilst Ronaldo has been absent with injury or rested, the Portuguese has also hindered the promotion of young talent in the squad. Moise Kean, now a fully fledged Italian international, performed greatly in Ronaldo's absence, scoring four goals in eight appearances in all competitions. During that time, Kean has also proved that he is the future of the Italian attack, scoring two goals in two appearances for the Azzurri.
Ronaldo might have been a great signing when it comes to the present, but the Juventus attack is completely different with the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner, and whether it is for the better or not, is still under question.