The Portuguese superstar left the Santiago Bernabeu after nine very fruitful years and has finally revealed why.
In what shocked the world, Serie A giants Juventus managed to sign the 33-year-old in a 100 million deal that was revealed last week. While Cristiano Ronaldo did go on to announce after the Champions League final that he might leave, many thought that his comments were just a way to upstage Gareth Bale’s brilliant performance. The former Los Blancos superstar was after all way below his best in the final against Liverpool.
However, even then if Ronaldo was to move away from Real Madrid and everything La Liga, few expected a move to Juventus as a possibility. Especially with the likes of Manchester United and PSG in the race for another superstar, but financial fair play and Ronaldo’s enormous wage proved to be a big problem for both sides.
Which is when Juventus managed to step in and swoop in for the 33-year-old’s signature in a blockbuster 100 million move. However, despite being well into his thirties, Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he is still extremely motivated to win titles with the Old Lady. In an interview at his unveiling, the former Sporting Lisbon youth product went on to say, “Juventus, in my opinion, is one of the best clubs in the world,
“It was a well-thought-through decision and my friends and colleagues told me some time ago it was a club they thought I could play in Italy. The power and size of the club made the decision easy,” he said. “It’s the best club in Italy. I prefer to think of myself in the present tense, the present is very clear: I enjoy football, I’m still rather young and I’ve always enjoyed challenges in my life.”
Juventus sold 850,000 jerseys in the whole of the 2016/17 season.
They've sold 520,000 in the first day of Cristiano Ronaldo's unveiling alone.
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The 33-year-old spent nine years at Real Madrid after arriving in 2009 for a then world record transfer fee of 80 million. After that, the rest is history, as he went on to become one of the most successful players in modern football winning everything with the club. Including 4 Champions League crowns, 4 Ballon D’ors, 3 FIFA Club World Cups, 2 La Liga titles, 2 Spanish Cups, among many others.
He further added, “As I said before, the nine years in Madrid were wonderful but this is a new step in my life. I thank all the fans but I’m very focused on this new step,” he said. “I will work hard in training and I don’t think I have to show more than that – you know my stats. I’m very ambitious and I enjoy new challenges, I don’t like to stay in my comfort zone. After Manchester and Madrid, I want to mark the history of Juventus.”
If nothing else, this transfer will certainly amp up Juventus’ market value and even their fan base and that’s the worst-case scenario. Best case, they win a treble including the Champions Trophy for the first time in 23 years. Adding a player like Cristiano Ronaldo could do some damage to the current squad harmony but if the Portuguese adjusts to everything in Turin, Juventus could be well on their way to becoming a club super-giant alongside the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid.