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Ronaldo was signed by Juventus, and many thought the Serie A club made the deal in an attempt to win the Champions League.

Juve haven’t won in Europe since 1996 but were knocked out of this year’s competition by Ajax in the quarter-finals.

The Dutch side will face Tottenham in the last four while the other semi sees Barcelona face Liverpool.

It comes after Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s long-term rival, shone as the Nou Camp outfit knocked out Manchester United.

And though Allegri knows it’s not just about one player, he has appeared to suggest that Messi is good enough to guide Barcelona to success.

“I always said that with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, there was no mathematical assurance of winning the Champions League,” he said.

“Football is not a science.

“What’s been written about Ronaldo confirms that his arrival at Juve did not guarantee us the Champions League.

“Look at Barcelona, who are back in the semifinals this year after four seasons and they’ve got Messi. There are lots of components to football.

“If we only win the league, it still means we’ve had a great season.”

Following the loss to Ajax in midweek, there has been speculation that Ronaldo may be unhappy in Turin.

But Allegri has attempted to put out that fire before it starts burning with the Portuguese star set to star as Juve face Fiorentina on Saturday.

“Ronaldo’s had a great season and he’ll play tomorrow,” Allegri added.

“He’s the future of Juventus; an extraordinary player and he’ll have another great season next year.

“He’s calm and disappointed like we all are because we’re out of the Champions League, and we would have liked to have won it.

“But football is made of joy and sadness.”



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