Ronaldo drags Juventus to court over more than $20m unpaid salary

Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing to sue his former club Juventus over unpaid salary.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Al-Nassr striker has spoken to the Turin prosecutor’s office about the situation and has decided to take action against his former club.

The unpaid salary is from the period of time when Juventus, as all football clubs did, faced the difficulties of the Covid-19 outbreaks, that forced the clubs to play behind closed doors for most of the 2020-21 season.

Juventus took action and in 2020 during the first outbreak agreed with the players to postpone some payments, and the same happened in 2021.

The club had to cut costs and this affected players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now set to sue the club for not paying him an amount of over $ 20 million in that period. Other players had similar legal cases with the Italian side, including Paulo Dybala who last year found an agreement with his former club, that paid him around €3 million.

The so-called “salary maneuvers” at Juventus became the crucial point of a scandal that led the former board to step down last year, and Juventus reached a settlement agreement at the end of May with the Italian sports justice bodies in which the Italian club agreed to pay a fine of €718,000 for the salary maneuvers case.

In exchange, they didn’t appeal against a 10-point deduction for a separate capital gain case. UEFA also banned Juventus from competing in the European competitions during the 2023-24 season, which means the Bianconeri won’t play in the UEFA Conference League this year even though they qualified despite the 10-point deduction.