5 Time Ballon D’or winner and undoubtedly one of the best, if not ‘the best’ footballer of the world Cristiano Ronaldo has left 12 time Champions League winners Real Madrid after 9 successful campaigns. All the recent rumours about his transfer have turned out to be true. Ronaldo has finally joined the Italian Champions Juventus, whom he had faced one of his Champions League final musings, with Real Madrid winning the match and Ronaldo scoring an unforgettable screamer. Ronaldo’s transfer fee is in excess of £100 million, and his annual salary is rumoured to be £30 million after taxes. The ‘Old Lady’ Juventus were also keen on snapping up the Portuguese international to bolster their attacking options, which already boast of strikers such as Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.
Is The Move Logical?
To see if there is any logic behind Ronaldo’s decision to leave a club as big as Real Madrid, we need to look at certain things. Firstly, it seems that the resignation of Zinadine Zinane, under whom both Real and Ronaldo won 3 consecutive Champions League Titles, alongwith a La Liga and a Copa del Rey, Ronaldo might find Real Madrid’s new manager Julen Lopetegui not as good as Zindane, while at Juve, he’ll be working with Massimiliano Allegri, who is extremely successful at Juventus. Secondly, after playing 9 seasons at Real Madrid and winning every trophy possible with the ‘Galacticos’, it’s only logical for such a player to find a new challenge, and the Italian league certainly is a place unexplored by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Build Up to the Transfer and After the Transfer?
Whenever a transfer rumour pops up, especially for a player like Ronaldo, who is linked to his old club Manchester United every season, you’d think that they are unauthentic. But this time it was quite different. Ronaldo had never been linked with Juventus before. Also, just after winning last season’s Champions League, Ronaldo in a post match interview said things which strongly hinted at his departure from Real Madrid. You never see Cristiano saying such things. Ronald’s agent, the all famous Jorge Mendes, who can easily be called the ‘Ronaldo of agents’ in an interview said that “If Ronaldo leaves, it will be a new challenge for him.” This statement gave a strong hint at a transfer situation going on with Mendes’ client Cristiano Ronado. After the transfer, Madrid’s official website issued a statement confirming Ronaldo’s departure alongside some of Real Madrid’s players such as captain Sergio Ramos tweeting about it. Ronaldo too put up a post on Instagram about his move to Juve, asking Real Madrid fans to understand his decision.
The Cost of Ronaldo
The most important thing which one must think about is how much money Cristiano Ronaldo cost Juventus. A sum of £100 million no doubt is delft, plus the addition taxes and salary takes Ronaldo’s cost to £170 million. Juventus though will pay double that amount(£340 million) because according to Italian laws football clubs are bound to pay double the amount the spend. The money no doubt is hefty for a 33 year old. Though some of it might be financed by the sale of Paulo Dybala, who is strongly being linked Champions League finalists Liverpool.
In no way this is a cost effective buy. But for a club like Juventus, which has featured in 2 Champions League finals in the last 4 years, the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo certainly means that their ambitions are in no way to be taken lightly. The Old Lady may just win the whole thing this time.Tags: Sports