Andrea Agnelli saw his dream of Juventus coming out of the Champions League come closer after being beaten 3-0 by AC Milan.
The Juve president was a driving force behind the now disbanded European Super League, with the Italian giants still technically involved in the doomed proposals.
Even after nine of the 12 founding members withdrew from a tournament that promised to open a closed shop at the top of European football, Agnelli said he “remains convinced of the beauty of the project”.
Ironically, Juventus are now looking at the barrel of missing out on top European competition after their latest Serie A disaster.
The Bianconeri entered Sunday’s game on points with Milan and just one behind Napoli.
However, goals from Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Chelsea loaned Fikayo Tomori doom them to a humiliating defeat.
The result means Juventus now face a real battle to finish in the top four, with just three games remaining in the current campaign.
Cristiano Ronaldo was taken aback on another disappointing night for the Portguese legend. Tomori handled the 36-year-old with impressive ease as his frustrating time in Turin is expected to continue.
The forward left Real Madrid in 2018 with a expressed desire to add to his five European Cups, but has been disheartened after a series of embarrassing outings.
Exits to Ajax, Lyon and FC Porto in consecutive years will probably have annoyed Agnelli, the three, in his humble opinion, not deserving of a place among the true elite of football.
Speculation has already revolved around Ronaldo’s future with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, both touted as potential destinations.
The old lady is desperate to cut her laundry accordingly after missing out on the guaranteed income ESL would have provided.
A Europa League season almost means a guarantee that Ronaldo will leave Turin as both sides recollect a failed transfer experience.
Juventus close their league campaign with matches against Sassuolo, champions Inter Milan and Bologna on the final day.
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