Thursday July 5 2018
Ronaldo a no-brainer

While Gaby McKay has doubts Cristiano Ronaldo really will join Juventus, it’s clear that he’d be a stunning signing for all of Serie A.

If Cristiano Ronaldo signs for Juventus, by far the most shocking aspect of the transfer will be that it was Tuttosport who got the scoop.

With previous headline stories linking the Bianconeri to Neymar, Lionel Messi and just about every superstar under the sun, no-one gave much credence to the Turin sports daily’s front page on Sunday morning, which insisted negotiations for the Portuguese superstar were ongoing.

Slowly though both Spanish and Portuguese outlets began picking up on the story, as did some of the more reputable Italian media. Soon it became clear that, whatever the likelihood of a deal going ahead, there is genuine interest from the Old Lady.

The prospect of CR7 coming to Turin raises two fundamental questions. Should Juventus sign Ronaldo? And, more importantly, could Juventus sign Ronaldo?

The first is easy to answer. While some may point to the fact the Portuguese is now 33, he is still one of the very best players in the world. In 40 games for Real Madrid last season, the Ballon d’Or winner slammed in 41 goals, including a stunning bicycle kick against the Bianconeri in Turin.

He may no longer be the flying winger he was in his earlier days, but Ronaldo has adapted his game to become the deadliest striker in world football. Consider that one-in-two is the generally accepted barometer for a striker, then have a look at Ronaldo’s stats. Since he joined Los Merengues in 2009, the forward has scored 450 goals in 438 games. In nine seasons, he has more goals than games.

A precipitous decline seems unlikely too, given Ronaldo’s famously meticulous attention to fitness, diet and training. If Leo Messi is a magician, his longtime rival is The Terminator.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Ronaldo is a winner. That fits well with the philosophy in Turin of course - Giampiero Boniperti once famously said winning “is the only thing that matters” - but CR7 is a winner in Europe, and that’s what the Old Lady really craves.

Ronaldo has lifted the Champions League five times, including for the past three seasons in a row. His European goal-scoring record reads 105 goals in 101 games. If you want to win the Champions League, he’s your man.

As a player then, there’s no question Ronaldo would be a dream signing. As well as representing a coup for Juventus, arguably the world’s best player moving to Serie A would represent a huge boost for the league.

The issue is whether the deal is actually possible. If reports are to be believed, Ronaldo is demanding €30m per season, which would smash Juve’s wage structure. Consider that Gonzalo Higuain is the top earning player in Serie A on €7.5m per season and you get an idea of the scale of the deal.

There have been rumours that Adidas could step in and sponsor the move if Ronaldo switches allegiances to them but that is, quite frankly, fanciful. CR7 is one of only three athletes - along with LeBron James and Michael Jordan - to have a ‘lifetime deal’ with Nike.

That contract is thought to be worth $1bn, and will continue even after Ronaldo hangs up his boots. There will be a way to get out of it - there always is - but why would he want to?

A second option is that FIAT could sponsor Ronaldo off the pitch, paying the bulk of his salary for CR7 to convince people that he drives a Fiat 500 when he’s not in his Jeep Grand Cherokee.

That would risk the wrath of UEFA though, given it would be a way of circumventing Financial Fair Play. This week the governing body re-opened an investigation into Paris Saint-Germain, who use similar sponsorship deals to pay their players, while Milan have been excluded from the Europa League. Will the Bianconeri hierarchy really take such a risk?

Add in the fact Miralem Pjanic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro would also surely demand commensurate salaries, and Ronaldo in Bianconero looks even more unlikely.

Leonardo Bonucci’s move to Milan last summer looked improbable, but this would be on another planet. Until Ronaldo steps foot on the tarmac at the Caselle airport in Turin, this looks more like a Jorge Mendes ploy for another record contract in Madrid.

Have your say...
@Da truth. I wont be harsh on you because I am a juve fan through and through but doubted the ability of juve to pull this off. But we were wrong. But when a club has the ability to stun both friend and foe know the transfer window, then you have to give it up to them. Da Truth, I await your acceptance that juve are head and shoulders above everyone in serie A.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 9:11am
@da truth

Now we know who's the BS ones lmao
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:45am
And it happened. Juve have been carrying Serie A in Europe, without them it wouldn't be far fetched to see France overtake us in the coefficient and maybe Inter wouldn't be in the CL next year. And now they're bringing the current Ballon D'or to Serie A, truly remarkable work. Time for every Serie A fan to suck it up and thank them. Juventus, thank you from an AC Milan fan.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 3:51am
Hahaha its like the idiot didnt even know madrid wears adidas as well lol of well haters gonna hate and world beaters gonna beat lol fora juve!!
on the 10th July, 2018 at 9:38pm
@Da Truth 0
Tuttosports 1
on the 10th July, 2018 at 6:20pm
@ Da Truth. It happened, bud. Lmao you look like a fool now.
on the 10th July, 2018 at 6:09pm
Juventus rescuing Serie A yet again.
on the 10th July, 2018 at 12:14am
@ Da Truth

"Rube have lost 30% ticket sales due to hiked prices"

Oh really??????????? LOL

Salty boy, can you give me the source's link? Or it's only your imagination.

LMAO at ppl like you who can only be jealous because poor club you support can't afford mediocre player like sime vrsaljko for 25M while Juventus is linked with player who won ballon d' Oro 5x.
on the 9th July, 2018 at 7:01am
@Da truth
For a username like that, it's impressive how far from the truth you can get.

Whatever. If the deal doesn't happen, despite multiple reports from reliable sources, then congrats I guess. Still, you seem weirdly nervous about a fake deal affecting a rival team.
on the 8th July, 2018 at 8:41pm
@a Varsavia

Juve signing CR7 equals Napoli signing Maradona? That is ridiculous. Juve are the richest club in Italy backed by exor and with the whole system in their pocket, figc the media. Signing a guy in the tail end of his career.

Napoli were a poor club signing a 24 year old maradona. Not even close to being equal.
on the 8th July, 2018 at 4:15pm
It's hilarious that anyone believes this nonsense. The other day it was Adidas financing this move, for a Nike lifetime athlete. The it was fiat ( sponsors of the league, no conflict of interest there though right) then it was Ferrari. Which one is it? Rube have lost 30% ticket sales due to hiked prices. Marcas source for this is Tuttosport.

Lmao at anyone buying this BS.
on the 8th July, 2018 at 4:11pm
Serie A needs this move...
on the 8th July, 2018 at 2:05pm
@koko. Agreed. But if serie A agrees that such a move will raise profile of serie A, why include clauses that prohibit other rival Italian clubs from buying him by buy out clauses so that great players go to foreign leagues a d serie A loses appeal and all serie A clubs suffer financially? Serie A should in fact jnclude prohibitive buy out clauses for clubs outside serie A so that starts remain in serie A and revenue increases for all.
on the 8th July, 2018 at 9:37am
Ronaldo's arrival will bring over millions of fans not only to Juventus but to their local rivals as well, along with the reported 70m+ fans who will follow Ronaldo, probably another 70M haters will be watching the games to see him lose, and possibly become fans of other teams. More visibility and marketability for the entire league. The impact will be colossal to Seria A and every (current) fan should be excited. No downside even if they lose money short term.
on the 8th July, 2018 at 3:52am
To my perspective Juve winning 7 scudetto's is pushing other teams to better their squads,Meaning both Milan teams bringing in foreign ownership and money plus Roma also too.,Napoli with a controversial yet motivated owner aka de laurentiis...all in all CR7 IS A SMART INVESTMENT FOR ALL PARTIES IN SERIE A.To the nay sayers you got to look at it from a financial point of view.Glad to se that our teams in seria A are attracting big names and also big coaches Ancelotti anyone!!!!!
on the 8th July, 2018 at 12:50am
That being said, Moratti's real masterstroke was swapping failed potential Andrea Pirlo with the mercurial Dražen Brnčić and trading over the hill Clearance Seedorf with world class left back, and first name on the sheet for years to come, Francesco Coco. Clearly, Inter's struggles can only be blamed on biased refereeing.
on the 7th July, 2018 at 2:21pm
@ Mustafa

Your joke about Shwawarma is as lame as your thought on Ronaldo.
on the 7th July, 2018 at 12:39pm
If Juve do sign CR,it will be not only a good for the bianconeri but be very good for italian football in general.
Juve are again thinking to increase the brand name around the world.They are not just buying Ronaldo for his football skills etc,they know they will make more money from his image.(Real Madrid did the same thing when buying David Beckham from Man Utd)
I predict this type of transactions will happen more and more
Forza Juve.
on the 7th July, 2018 at 11:16am
@Mustafa I think the worst deal ever is widely considered to be the straight swap of Carini and Cannavaro. I mean, a young, up and coming goalkeeper, a world beater in the mold, fresh of a loan stint at Belgian giants Standard de Liege, against a worn out, perpetually injured mediocre defender. Inter really did a number on us that day.
on the 7th July, 2018 at 9:59am
Whoever is saying this is not a good deal is simply .... dumb or hating for no reason as usual. Who is a better attacker than cr7 atm ammmm NOBODY therefore shut up, just shut up and realize this deal is going to benefit us all.
on the 7th July, 2018 at 6:36am
MJ82 = Juve are already a top 3-4 Champions league team. We proved it the last 4 years. With our new additions, we will be a force next season. Inter, Napoli and Roma wish they could have a squad like ours.
on the 7th July, 2018 at 12:31am
Worst deal ever if it happens.
on the 6th July, 2018 at 11:12pm

Napoli is trying to buy ANGEL DI MARIA
on the 6th July, 2018 at 5:39pm




on the 6th July, 2018 at 4:18pm
Wow is this the same dami ? Actually has something positive to say for a change ? But yes he is right. This helps all of serie a and we will all benefit from this move. There is no downside to this. Only senseless haters will argue.
on the 6th July, 2018 at 11:13am
As an INTER fanatic I agree Cristiano Ronaldo would be a great signing for juBentus from all points of view - commercial and sporting as well, especially if they can get rid of Piguain. Don`t worry about his age, much better shape than most of juBe players, his biological age is much younger. It would be good for Serie A as well, as the competition is getting back attention. Who knows, maybe Ronaldo can help them in Europa, as there is no help from the referees there. FORZA INTER
on the 6th July, 2018 at 10:49am
@Doo*Wop -- Ronaldo has not been injury free his entire career. His first big injury was a fractured kneecap in 2008/2009 season. He's had a lot of muscular injuries--short duration healing, most of them, but he's as prone to injury as any other player, and he's had his share. With age, he'll have many more.
on the 6th July, 2018 at 10:48am
As an INTER fanatic I agree Cristiano Ronaldo would be a great signing for juBentus from all points of view - commercial and sporting as well, especially if they can get rid of Piguain. Don`t worry about his age, much better shape than most of juBe players, his biological age is much younger. It would be good for Serie A as well, as the competition is getting back attention. Who knows, maybe Ronaldo can help them in Europa, as there is no help from the referees there. FORZA INTER
on the 6th July, 2018 at 10:48am
Signing CR7 for Juve equals signing D. Maradona for Napoli.
on the 6th July, 2018 at 8:57am
as far as his role / age he could play more as a playmaker,and attacking mid,or winger like at Man U. I mean cmon the possibilities.
Its crazy but makes total sense. Inter have up’d their team drive again this season,looking to make an impact. Napoli have Carlo, Roma still young and strong. ACM ??? Idk sadly they look in serious trouble...again.
If only only Balotelli comes back to Italy, Capocannoniere race will be exciting.
Serie A should go to 18 teams as not to be so top heavy.
Fingers XX
on the 6th July, 2018 at 1:44am

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