Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus
Every summer for the past few years, Cristiano Ronaldo has stolen the headlines in world football because of his expressed desire to leave Madrid. However, this summer, Ronaldo is indeed out the door. Reports suggest that Spanish giants, Real Madrid, and Italian club, Juventus, have agreed to let Ronaldo transfer to Juventus for a fee of about $110 million. Ronaldo has also agreed to a yearly salary with Juventus of over $30 million per year.
What it Means Going Forward
Ronaldo is a proven winner at the highest level. After nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo won four Champions League titles, all in the past five years, and has scored 450 goals for the club, playing 438 games for Real Madrid. Incredibly, he has averaged a goal per game over a nine year stretch, making him the all-time leading goalscorer in the illustrious history of Real Madrid. He has also won the Ballon d’Or four times with Real Madrid, which is the superlative individual trophy in world football awarded every year to the world's best player. Ronaldo has arguably accomplished as much as he could at Real Madrid, and he is ready for a new challenge. His new club, Juventus, have struggled to cross the finish line recently in the Champions League, reaching two finals in the past four years and losing each time.
Juventus has not won the Champions League since 1996, whereas Ronaldo won it each of the past three seasons with Real Madrid. From the perspective of Juventus, this deal is certainly a gamble, considering Ronaldo is 33 years old, he will be 37 at the end of his four year deal, and they are investing hundreds of millions of dollars for him to deliver. This is also uncharacteristic from Juventus, who do not usually splash so much cash on an individual player, but this is Cristiano Ronaldo we are talking about. Ronaldo has asked to leave for many years, but nobody came to pay for his transfer. Finally, Juventus stepped up, and together, they are ready to win European titles.
By Sam DeCoste