The time has come. Real Madrid are on the verge of sending Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
It’s really happening. No more rumors. And it might officially materialize within the next couple of days. According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano, they’ve accepted an offer of around €100 million from Juventus. If that’s true, it would eclipse their recent record signing fee for Gonzalo Higuaín (reportedly €90 million).
And now, Real have confirmed it.
⚽⭐🙌 Carta de Cristiano Ronaldo.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 10, 2018
For Madrid, this is a no-brainer. While that seems foolish to say, really think about it for a second. We know how good Ronaldo still is. Nobody is disputing that. But if you can get close to €100 million for a 33-year-old player, you do it. After all, Madrid will have no trouble replacing him. Expecting to find someone who can replicate Ronaldo’s exact production is a fool’s errand, but they have the financial means to get whoever they want.
Juventus, on the other hand, probably have one goal in mind. That’s winning the Champions League. Ronaldo has just won three consecutive UCL titles with Madrid. He burns Juventus in that competition more than any player has ever burned any other team. Defenders in Italy might beat him up a little bit, but he’s going to run circles around many of them. For example, can you imagine Ronaldo playing against Federico Fazio at least twice per season? It’s going to be sensational.
In the meantime, Juventus have won seven consecutive Serie A titles. They certainly don’t need Ronaldo to put them over the top in that regard. But sometimes you get tired of stagnating. Sometimes you just need to take that next step. Signing Ronaldo is signaling exactly that. And the rest of Europe should be afraid of what The Old Lady is going to be capable of next season.