Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly turned down a mega-money offer from China as he closes in on a move to Juventus.
Tuttosport claims the Portuguese superstar was presented with a two-year deal worth £177 million by an unnamed Far East club.
Sporting motivation, rather than just money and endorsements, have always been the driving force behind the 33-year-old’s decisions. This was the case when he opted to leave Manchester United to sign for Los Blancos back in 2009.
He had taken his United career as far as he could, and he wished to move on to new challenges. A move to the Santiago Bernabeu also enabled him to fulfil a childhood dream.
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Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Yannick Carrasco, and Nicolas Gaitan have all made the move to Asia. But Ronaldo still has a lot to give at the top level. Most definitely, he has a place in the most elite football leagues in the world rather than the beggarly standards of the game in China.
This offer came in December 2017 – before Real Madrid came to an agreement with Jorge Mendes on the terms of Ronaldo’s exit. The Turin giants have reportedly offered a sum of £88 million to Los Vikingos.
Juventus have reportedly lured the Portuguese forward with a contract worth £26.4 million annually, post taxes. The past couple of days have seen reports of Cristiano’s departure from Real reach a crescendo that was hitherto unseen.
Juve are relatively new suitors for the forward, who has likely passed his physical prime, but is improving his play as an out-and-out striker now more than ever. He would be a perfect complement to the likes of Paulo Dybala.