Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Ryan Giggs insists C.Ronaldo moved to Juventus because of Lionel Messi

Ryan Giggs insists C.Ronaldo moved to Juventus because of Lionel Messi

"I'm surprised that he would leave Real Madrid and go to Italy", Giggs said on ITV.

The four-year deal to woo Ronaldo from Real Madrid was announced on Tuesday amid concern that Juventus might have overpaid for the 33-year-old forward.

But while the club and the vehicle company are separate corporate entities, individually managing their own operations and finances, the Italian USB Lavoro Privato union considers it "unacceptable" that such a large investment has gone into securing Ronaldo from the Galacticos.

The Agnelli family, which has owned Turin-based Juventus for more than 90 years, controls Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler through its holding company, Exor, which owns 64 per cent of Juventus. The union added: "The owners should invest in auto models that guarantee the future of thousands of people rather than enriching only one", the union said.

"It is unacceptable that while management continues to demand huge sacrifices from (Fiat Chrysler) workers over years, the same management decides to spend hundreds of millions of euros to buy a football player", the union said.

He added: "The marketing leverage that Juventus will be able to create will be significant. That means more sponsors, more TV money and more prize money".

As captain of the Portuguese team in the 2018 World Cup, he scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Spain.

The auto manufacturer Fiat, to which the brand Ferrari exclusively belongs, is reportedly 29.1 percent owned by the Agnelli family, who also hold about 63.77 percent of Juventus.

Its members will walk out at 22:00 local time on Sunday and remain on strike until 18:00 on the following Tuesday.

At this stage, it isn't expected to have a major impact because Melfi is just one of seven sites used by FCA and USB only represents a small number of employees there.

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