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Juventus ‘still owe’ Cristiano Ronaldo £17million despite leaving to join Manchester United in 2021 as Portugal star closes in on next club

Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking payments of around £17million still owed to him by Juventus, according to reports.

The Portugal international re-signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2021 after three seasons in Italy, but is now said to be demanding a payment from the Serie A side.

Ronaldo spent three seasons at Juventus before moving back to United

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Ronaldo spent three seasons at Juventus before moving back to United

As per La Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia, an agreement was signed that would see Juventus pay Ronaldo bonuses of around £17m.

Like other players, he agreed to take a pay cut amid the outbreak of the Covid pandemic to support the club, and he would have received the money even if he left.

However this does not appear to have happened, with the agreement not believed to have been reported to the stock market, and Ronaldo has now consulted lawyers to look at the club’s finances ‘before making his request’.

Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini is said to have told former chairman Andrea Agnelli about the funds before he rejoined United: “€19m from the previous year and €9m from a year earlier, so €28m before taxes due to COVID.”

Despite this, club lawyer Cesare Gabasio told Cherubini that ‘he did not remember’ the agreement’s specific terms, with Juventus paying part of it, ‘but €19.9m are still pending.’

The news comes after the recent dramatic developments at the Old Lady, with their whole board resigning last week.

He is currently at the World Cup with Portugal

He is currently at the World Cup with Portugal

UEFA have also opened an investigation into the club’s alleged breach of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is preparing to sign for a new club following his departure from United last month.

Recent reports have suggested that he is set to move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr. However, he has publicly said he will decide on his future after the World Cup.

His reported £173m-per-year deal will make him the highest paid athlete in the world, with the 37-year-old close to playing for the fifth club in his senior career.

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