Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus is unclear after they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Porto on Tuesday and director Fabio Paratici said the player’s contract is ‘not an immediate issue.’
It was a crazy night in Turin as Juventus looked to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against Porto in the last 16 of the competition.
Things were bad for them at the break, 1-0 down in the second leg, but two goals from Federico Chiesa took the game to extra-time.
Sergio Oliveira scored from a free-kick, leaving the Seria A side needing two more goals, one of which they got through Adrian Rabiot, but they couldn’t find another, so they lost out on away goals.
Ronaldo was partially to blame for the exit as he was in the wall for Oliveira’s free-kick which was not well hit and went through bis legs as he turned his back on the ball.
The former Manchester United star is in his third campaign at the club and he is still yet to win the Champions League with Juventus, which was the main purpose of his signing from Real Madrid.
Ronaldo still has another year left on his contract after the end of this campaign and while Paratici is not ruling out a possible extension, he is in no rush to sort it out soon.
‘There’s still another year of contract,’ Paratici told Sky Sports. ‘Cristiano’s contract renewal is not an immediate issue on the agenda, there’s time to talk about it.’
Juventus have fallen at the last 16 stage of the Champions League and are currently third in the Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan. The pressure is mounting on Andrea Pirlo, but he says he has a long time left in the role.
‘I’ve been called here to do a job at Juventus,’ Andrea Pirlo said after the Porto epic. ‘We have a project, a long term plan. I’ll continue my work calmly.’