Cristiano Ronaldo has filed a lawsuit against Juventus, claiming €19.5 million in deferred salary payments, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The case, which delves into intricate financial matters, has raised questions about contractual obligations and promises made between the player and the club.
The Portuguese football superstar, is embroiled in a legal dispute with Juventus, one of Italy’s most renowned football clubs, over €19.5 million in deferred salary payments.
The case has brought to light a complex web of contractual intricacies and verbal commitments, which both parties are now seeking to clarify in front of the FIGC Arbitration Board.
According to Ronaldo’s legal team, Juventus had assured the player that these salary payments would be made in the form of bonuses or incentives, contingent upon Ronaldo’s potential transfer to another club.
The dispute centers on whether Juventus indeed guaranteed these payments as an exit incentive when Ronaldo moved to Manchester United.
Juventus, however, vehemently denies any outstanding financial obligations to Ronaldo. The club’s position is that no pending payments are owed to the player, and they argue that the so-called “side letter,” known as the ‘Ronaldo Letter,’ holds no legal value.
This letter, signed by Juventus’ former Sporting Director Fabio Paratici but not by Cristiano Ronaldo, is being presented as evidence by Ronaldo’s legal team to substantiate their claim.
The critical issue at stake in this legal battle is the interpretation of the exit incentive clause. Is it a bona fide release clause that triggers payment upon Ronaldo’s transfer, or is it merely a formal gesture? The FIGC Arbitration Board will play a pivotal role in deciphering this contractual puzzle.