Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus plotting to offload Portuguese over financial issues caused by COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus plotting to offload Portuguese over financial issues caused by COVID-19

- Cristiano Ronaldo's current deal with Juventus expires in 2022

- The 35-year-old has scored six times in the Italian League this campaign

- Juve are planning to reduce their wage bill with Ronaldo as the most paid player who earns £28m per annum

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Juventus are reportedly planning to cut ties with Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of this season due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner currently earns £28 million - five times over what Paulo Dybala who is the club's next most paid star takes home.

And the Old Lady can't wait to get that huge amount off their wage bill in a bid to remain in business beyond this term.

However, the Turin based club, instead of offloading the Portuguese wants to extend his contract expected to run out in 2022.

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Meanwhile, despite scoring over the weekend, Andrea Pirlo has been critical of his strikers of late, claiming that they are selfish, laying into their performance. He told Fabio Capello during an interview on Sky Sports Italia:

"I talk to my players a lot, but they make the choices when they are on the pitch. They could've been less egotistical and killed off the game earlier.
"We are playing with two forwards plus two wide men. Once we get everyone in shape, we can evaluate who to use together. So far, not everyone has been at 100 percent, so it's been normal to rotate them and leave one out."

Daily Mail reports that Pirlo also confirmed the 35-year-old suffered an injury during Juve's 1-1 draw against Lazio over the weekend.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus plotting to offload Portuguese over financial issues caused by COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Juan Cuadrado after scoring in Juve's 1-1 draw at Lazio. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto.
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The forward scored his side's only goal before limping off the pitch in the 76th minute of the meeting with Dybala taking his place for the remainder of the game.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Lazio vs Juventus ended in a 1-1 as both sides shared the spoils at the Stadio Olimpico Stadium in Rome.

Despite dropping points, Andrea Pirlo's men moved to second on the log and maintain their close distance on league leaders AC Milan.

Ronaldo grabbed the first goal of the match in the first half but Felipe Caicedo scored the equalizer with the last kick of the game.

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