Cristiano Ronaldo Readies Lawsuit Against Juventus Over Unpaid Salary
Cristiano Ronaldo is gearing up to file a lawsuit against his former club, Juventus. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Al-Nassr striker has engaged with the Turin prosecutor’s office and opted to take legal action against his ex-club.
The unpaid salary in question stems from the period when Juventus, like all football clubs, grappled with the challenges posed by Covid-19 outbreaks. These outbreaks compelled clubs to play behind closed doors for a significant portion of the 2020-21 season.
In response, Juventus implemented measures to trim expenses, including reaching agreements with players to defer certain payments, both in 2020 and 2021. This cost-cutting approach impacted players like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now preparing to sue the club for non-payment of an amount exceeding $20 million during that timeframe.
Several other players on the team, including Paulo Dybala, faced similar legal disputes with the Italian side. Dybala, in the past year, reached an agreement with his former club, which entailed a payment of approximately €3 million.
The “salary maneuvers” at Juventus played a pivotal role in a scandal that led the former board to step down last year. Eventually, Juventus reached a settlement in May with the Italian sports justice authorities, in which the club agreed to pay a fine of €718,000 related to the salary maneuvers case.
In exchange for this, Juventus refrained from appealing a 10-point deduction incurred in a separate capital gain case. Furthermore, UEFA imposed a ban on Juventus participating in European competitions for the 2023-24 season. Consequently, despite qualifying, the Bianconeri won’t be competing in the UEFA Conference League this year due to the 10-point deduction.