Cristiano Ronaldo is set to take legal action against former club Juventus in a row over unpaid wages.
The Portugal superstar joined the Bianconeri from Real Madrid in 2018 before leaving to return to Manchester United three years later.
The latter part of Ronaldo’s stay in Turin coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, with Juventus players agreeing to defer their wages in order to help the club financially. However, Juve were found to have lied about the extent of these salary reductions in order to reduce their public losses.
Ronaldo agreed to forego £17.2m (€19.9m) in wages, and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, he now wants this sum to be paid and is prepared to take legal action against Juventus.
The 38-year-old recently requested relevant documentation from the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office and will now move forward with a case against his old club.
Ronaldo is not the first former player to take issue with Juventus‘ affairs, with Paulo Dybala recently coming to an agreement over the £2.6m (€3m) he felt he was owed by the club over a contract dispute.
Leonardo Bonucci left Juventus for Union Berlin this summer after being frozen out by head coach Massimiliano Allegri and is now considering suing the club for damages.
Juventus have been hit with hard punishments over their financial irregularities, being docked ten points in Serie A last season – dropping from fourth to seventh – and banned from entering UEFA competitions for the 2023/24 campaign.