Cristiano Ronaldo’s statements following his third successive Champions League triumph triggered the beginning of an eventful summer. Through the course of last season, reports of disagreement between him and Florentino Perez kept coming.
The speculation initially linked him with either a return to Old Trafford, or a Paris St. Germain switch. Thus, initial reports linking Juventus with a bid for him seemed straight out of the field.
But the move was confirmed last week, and it is still yet to sink in on many Madrid fans. In fact, the transfer to Turin was apparently not the switch Ronaldo’s mum had in mind, either.
Talking to SFR Sport earlier this season, Maria Dolores Aveiro had expressed a desire to see her son back in the blood red Manchester United jersey. She is, however, excited for his adventure in a new league.
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“It’s a lie that I wanted him to return to Manchester United,” Aveiro told reporters after Ronaldo’s official unveiling in Turin.
“I’m very happy with his choice. It’s a very happy day for all of us. My son will make Juve even bigger. This is a new adventure and a new life. He enjoyed it at Real Madrid but he needed other challenges.”
Ronaldo has signed a four-year contract with Juventus, which will last until 2022. The deal reportedly pays him an annual wage of €30 million. The 5-time Ballon D’Or winner has consistently ranked amongst the highest-paid footballers on the planet.
In his 9 years at the Bernabeu, Cristiano scored an outrageous goal tally of 451 goals in 438 appearances. He leads their all-time leading charts by a margin of 128 goals. Raul Gonzalez, next on the list, took 303 more appearances to reach his total of 323.
The Portuguese international has expressed a desire to play until the age of 40. At the age of 33, Ronaldo is still in the best possible shape.
This is despite a couple of knee injuries in the past 4 years, which have limited his previously unmatched speed. The injuries have also led to him transforming his game to occupy more of a poacher’s role.
Ronaldo still remains at the peak of his powers, as he proved with 4 goals at the World Cup.