Ronaldo hails 'great coach and man' Allegri in farewell to departing Juventus coach

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The Portuguese star has spent just one year with the coach but is sad to see him leave at the end of the season

Cristiano Ronaldo hailed Massimiliano Allegri as a "great coach" and "great man" after the Italian confirmed he will leave Juventus.

Having already successfully defended their Serie A crown this term, the Turin side announced this week that Allegri's time in charge will come to an end after they play their final two games of the campaign - at home to Atalanta and then away to Sampdoria.

Although Juve won their fifth league title under Allegri's five-year reign, they were expected to have a more successful season after Ronaldo joined from Real Madrid last summer.

But the Bianconeri crashed out of both the Champions League and Coppa Italia at the quarter-final stages, being bested by Ajax and Atalanta respectively.

While Ronaldo's debut season in Italy may not have ended with the glory expected, he is disappointed to see Allegri leave so soon.

"Thank you Mister!" Ronaldo tweeted on Saturday. "We only lived one year together but it was exceptional because besides being a great coach, you are a great man. It was a pleasure to work with you!"

Allegri has not announced where he will go after leaving Juventus, but he has been linked with a number of jobs in Europe recently, including Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

The coach says he has not made a decision regarding his next move and suggested he could take time away from the game.

"I don't know what will happen in future," he told a news conference. "I need a little rest, too.

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"After July 15 I might inevitably feel the desire to get back to work and I'll evaluate the situations that are proposed.

"Otherwise, I'll have a year to dedicate myself to my family and that band of crazies who are my friends. We'll see."

As well as five Serie A titles with Juve, Allegri claimed four Coppa Italia titles and guided them to the Champions League final twice.

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