Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines all over the world this past week by announcing that he was signing with Italian giants Juventus.
The deal came as a shock to many, as Ronaldo spent nine very successful years at Real Madrid and broke records one could never have imagined.
The move triggered a wave of responses, and as expected, several pundits chimed in with their own opinions on the high-profile switch.
One of the pundits whose words have hold more weight than others perhaps is legendary Welsh player Ryan Giggs.
The former winger spent several successful seasons with Ronaldo as his teammate and mentor at Manchester United, and has seen the Portuguese grow from a boy into a man. And Giggs may well know the real reason behind the superstar’s desire to head to Italy.
Giggs revealed to ITV his reading of the whole situation: “I’m surprised that he would leave Real Madrid and go to Italy. He’s obsessed with being better than Messi. He has that now, that, ‘I did it in England, I did it in Spain, I’m going to do it in Italy … I did it with Portugal.'”
Giggs’ comments do have some logic to them. Many still consider Lionel Messi the greatest of all time, despite Ronaldo’s numerous achievements throughout his career.
But one thing that practically everyone agrees with is Cristiano’s ability to perform and win trophies everywhere he goes.
With major triumphs at Manchester United and Real Madrid already under his belt, a new adventure with Juventus may well seal the deal, and ensure that his legacy sees him rated ahead of his Barcelona counterpart at the end of it all.
That, of course, depends on how things actually end up panning out at his new club. Till then, we will just have to wait and watch.