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Giorgio Chiellini has made a remark about how Juventus had to adapt to Cristiano Ronaldo and identified who will fill his boots.
Ronaldo left the Old Lady this summer after three years in Italy as he forced a move away despite having one year still remaining on his contract.
His return to Manchester United this weekend was a very special occasion and attracted the eyes of the footballing world as he scored twice at a packed out Old Trafford.
Contrastingly, Juventus suffered a 2-1 loss to Napoli to add to their poor start to the season which has seen them pick up just one point after three games, leaving them 16th in Serie A.
Speaking after the defeat, Chiellini told DAZN: “When you have a world class player like Cristiano, you cannot help but use the team to play for him.
"We must be grateful to Cristiano for all he did during these years at Juventus, but we carry on.
“This will be Paulo Dybala’s team. Over the last couple of years, he lowered his average goals because of Cristiano’s presence, but he is a key player for this team and that is recognised by everyone.”
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Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 appearances for Juve but failed to help them win the elusive Champions League they desire.
And despite his fantastic scoring record, there have been suggestions the five-time Balon d'Or winner held the club back from progressing.
Dybala was certainly worse off for his arrival. Prior to 2018 his returns were significantly better than they have been in the past three seasons.
The 27-year-old, who joined the club in 2015 for £36m, had 68 Juventus goals before Ronaldo joined, yet has scored less than half of that amount in the same period of time since.
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The Argentina international already has one goal to his name this season as he netted in the 2-2 draw with Udinese on the opening weekend.
After that match Juve suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Empoli to make it just the third time in 51 years that they have not won either of their first two matches.
Dybala was absent for the trip to Napoli after returning late from international duty.
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