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Juventus have decided to challenge a decision of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) arbitration board, which ordered them to pay their former player Cristiano Ronaldo £8.3 million in unpaid wages. The hearing in the matter was held last month in regard to the compensation reduction agreement between Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2020-21 season affected by COVID-19.

Notably, Cristiano Ronaldo had agreed to defer a portion of his wages with Juventus to help them manage the financial difficulties during the pandemic. But the Portuguese footballer went on to claim that the Italian club didn’t reimburse him the full amount, following which he made an initial request of getting unpaid wages worth £16.7m.

But the FIGC arbitration board rejected the argument from Cristiano Ronaldo about his compensation reduction agreement being invalid, while recognising the absence of fraud by Juventus. Still they ordered the Italian club to pay him £8.3m in unpaid wages, plus late payment interest and legal costs.

As per the report from the Athletic, the legal counsel of Juventus reviewed the decision taken last month by the FICG arbitration board before they decided to challenge it.

Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo’s time with Juventus lasted from 2018 to 2021 wherein he won five trophies with them including two Serie A titles. He is currently playing for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League after leaving Juventus to join Manchester United in the summer of 2021.