Mourinho Explains How Ronaldo’s Juventus Switch Could Transform European Football

Jose Mourinho gives instructions to Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Jose Mourinho has spoken out over Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to make the move to Serie A.

Talking to Tele Radio Stereo in an interview, Mourinho opined that his fellow countryman’s move to Italy would be a game-changer. He also congratulated the Old Lady outfit for making a ‘complete’ transfer.

Jose stated: “The Spanish League no longer has the two best players in the world. Now one’s in Spain and the other’s in Italy. In England, the Premier League is the most competitive championship with top players. Now there are three dimensions to look at.

“Now everyone looks at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it’s the best league, and Spain for Messi. Serie A has become one of the most important championships in the world. In football, everything can change.

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“If it changes the perspectives of teams like Inter, Milan, and Roma, if they don’t passively accept Juve with Cristiano become stronger, that they will win again and again and can also find the right motivations from this deal, it can change Serie A in terms of quality, emotions and exposure.

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“For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.”

For a 3-year spell from 2010-2013, the Special One was in charge of Los Blancos. Afflicted by injury troubles in his first season at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo found a new goalscoring gear under the Portuguese gaffer.

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Mourinho’s second season at the club saw Ronaldo, Di Maria, Kaka and Ozil link up in extremely palatable fashion. It resulted in Ronaldo scoring 53 goals in all competitions, including a record 40 in La Liga.

The 5-time Ballon D’Or winner would go on to improve his tally to 46 next season, en route a La Liga title and a record points tally of 100 points.

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