Juventus Ordered to Pay Ronaldo €9.7m Unpaid Salaries

The Italian courts on Wednesday announced that Juventus must pay Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo 9.7 million euros ($10.4 million) in back wages for the 2020-21 season.

According to report, some Juventus players agreed to defer four months’ worth of their salaries in March 2020 and April 2021 as the club were struggling financially, but some individual player agreements were also reached.

Ronaldo, according to the documentation, agreed to defer a portion of his wages in an agreement with Juventus, but he was not reimbursed the agreed amount.

Ronaldo’s initial request was for a back payment of €19.5m, but the FIGC arbitration on the matter acknowledged contributory negligence between the parties and ruled upon the amount of €9,774,166.66, plus late payment interest and legal costs.

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Juventus said in a statement on Wednesday that they will “review the decision made by the (FIGC) arbitration board” and noted that the decision recognised “the absence of fraud” by the club, whose conduct “did not affect” Ronaldo’s willingness to “enter into such a compensation reduction agreement.

The Italian club added that they had been ordered to make the €9.7m payment due to their “pre-contractual liability” resulting from the “failure of negotiations” with the player.

Recall that Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid’s in 2018 and scored 101 goals across 134 appearances for the club, with whom he won five domestic trophies including Serie A titles in 2019 and 2020.

The Portugal international, currently playing for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, left Juventus to rejoin  Manchester United in August 2021.