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That’s according to ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson.

The Portuguese superstar departed Real Madrid for Juventus last summer in an £88million deal after a nine-year spell in the Spanish capital.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Madrid as the club’s all-time top goalscorer on 450 goals in 438 games and as a four-time Champions League winner, having also won two league titles and two Copa del Reys. 

But despite his immense success in La Liga, Stewart thinks his single season at Juve – which could end as the first season in which he finishes with less than 30 goals across all competitions since 2008-09 – has seen him produce better individual performances.

The 34-year-old was brought into the Serie A heavyweights to help their chances of ending a 23-year wait for Champions League success and while he scored a hat-trick to help them come from behind to eliminate Atletico Madrid, Juve fell at the quarter-final stage to Ajax.

Juve also suffered a shock in the Coppa Italia – which was won by Lazio this week – after they were convincingly beaten by runners up Atalanta.

Perennial league champions Juve claimed their eighth straight title but missed out on the domestic double for the first time for the first time in five years despite having Ronaldo in their ranks.

But while Ronaldo scored more goals and won more trophies in Madrid, Stewart thinks we are seeing a better player in the Ronaldo who is playing for the Old Lady.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Robson, who also played for West Ham, said on ESPN FC: “I think he’s looked a better player at Juventus than he did for the last two or three years at Real Madrid. 

“The reason I say that is because at Real Madrid for two or three seasons he became just a goalscorer, a great box player. 

“Every time the ball went into the wide areas, he was made his run into the box to try and win the ball into the air which he did. That’s why he scored so many goals. 

“You very rarely saw him run with the ball, you very rarely saw him pick out a pass and you very rarely saw him go past someone and put in a cross. 

“This season at Juventus I think he’s looked a yard sharper, a yard quicker. He’s gone past people with the ball and made some fantastic runs at times. In terms of his performance I think he’s been a better Ronaldo in the last 12 months than he was in the last three years in Madrid. 

“Has it been a success for Juventus? Not quite so much. In the last few years every year they’ve won the double but they didn’t win Coppa Italia, they got knocked out in the quarter finals.

“He was brought in to do much better in the Champions League and they performed really poorly against Ajax and they were outplayed. He ended being the lone centre forward and was really up against it. 

“You can’t actually blame Ronaldo for Juventus’ failure. I think the one problem he has and Juventus have is that he’s purely selfish. 

“There’s many, many times where he could pick out a good pass, deliver a good cross and he went for a shot himself. That’s the one area I would say he let Juve down, he was a bit too selfish and other players were looking for him too eagerly. 

“He had a big influence on the team but not always for the better of Juve. 

“But I think he looked happy with his performances and happy at Juve. He’ll stay there and enjoy his football next season.”

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