Cristiano Ronaldo Swaps the Bernabeu for the Juventus Stadium
Juventus have secured the services of Cristiano Ronaldo for a reported £99.2million and the club unveiled the Portuguese superstar to the media on July 17th. The 33-year old declared himself ‘ready for a new challenge’ but he won’t feature for his new club during their upcoming International Champions Cup games.
Branding his new employers as ‘one of the best clubs in the world’, he was adamant that his latest move was not a ‘backwards step’ and laughed off suggestions that he may have been tempted by a move to China or Qatar.
He has signed a four-year contract and will be aiming to fire his new side to their eighth straight Scudetto. Despite the presence of Napoli, Juve still managed to secure the title for the seventh successive time and will be hoping to add yet more silverware to their already-glittering cabinet next season.
Ronaldo fired in 26 La Liga goals last season and added a hugely impressive 15 goals in 13 Champions League appearances. He netted in both games against his new employers, which knocked Juventus out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.
The Bianconeri were also beaten by Real Madrid in the 2017 Champions League final and they will be determined to knock the holders off their perch this season. Since adding CR7 to their squad, Juventus have been installed as 7/1 second favourites by Bet365 to secure the 2018-19 Champions League title.
Negotiations had taken place throughout the summer, with Juventus believed to have sent a representative to Greece in order to tie up the deal.
Zinedine Zidane Joins Ronaldo in Turin
Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo may have both left the Berneabeu this summer but it looks like they will be linking up once again in Turin. It has been reported that the French International will return to Juventus this summer to take up a role as sporting director alongside Fabio Paratici.
The midfielder has a long association with the club and played for them between 1996 and 2001, making 151 appearances before being sold to Real Madrid.
Zidane’s new role will include identifying transfer targets and working alongside Paratici to secure further summer signings.