The former Italy international believes tension between superstar player and demanding coach is building in Turin, with cracks starting to form
Cristiano Ronaldo looks to have Ã¢Â€Âœa big problemÃ¢Â€Â with Maurizio Sarri, claims Antonio Cassano, with a Portuguese superstar left irritated by recent decisions from the Juventus coach.
Sarri took to substituting a five-time Ballon dÃ¢Â€Â™Or winner in back-to-back fixtures against Lokomotiv Moscow and AC Milan.
Those decisions were put down to fitness issues, with Ronaldo said to be nursing a knee complaint.
That ailment kept the 34-year-old out entirely for a Serie A showdown against Atalanta, although he did return for a Champions League meeting with old adversaries Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo also saw 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo on Sunday, with his first Juve goal since October 30 recorded in that contest.
Sarri has admitted that his star man needs to Ã¢Â€Âœrecover the brillianceÃ¢Â€Â, although he has played down reports of a rift in the Bianconeri camp.
Former Italy international Cassano is not buying that argument, with the ex-Real Madrid forward of the opinion that divides are starting to form in Turin.
He told Tiki Taka: Ã¢Â€ÂœI think Ronaldo has a big problem with Sarri.
Ã¢Â€ÂœEverything started with two consecutive substitutions, which will irritate any player.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIn my opinion, thereÃ¢Â€Â™s a problem between them and Juventus are good at keeping it down.Ã¢Â€Â
The Ronaldo-Sarri debate is not the only issue that Cassano believes Juve need to iron out.
He says the Serie A champions should be looking to drop Wojciech Szczesny back down to bench duty, with 41-year-old World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon Ã¢Â€Â“ who rejoined the club over the summer Ã¢Â€Â“ still the Ã¢Â€ÂœbetterÃ¢Â€Â goalkeeper.
The ex-Roma and AC Milan star added: Ã¢Â€ÂœBuffon should play, because he remains a better option than Szczesny.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHe was always benched at Arsenal and was a back-up to [Manuel] Almunia and [Lukasz] Fabianski. At Roma, he had a good year, while now he is in his first year as a starter.
Ã¢Â€ÂœAnyway, right before GigiÃ¢Â€Â™s mistake [against Sassuolo], it needs to be said that [Matthijs] De Ligt made yet another error.Ã¢Â€Â
Netherlands international defender De Ligt has struggled for form since making a big-money move to Italy, but claims to be feeling more settled as he adjusts to the demands of performing under the brightest of spotlights.