Wednesday July 11 2018
‘Cancelo set off Ronaldo to Juve’

Beppe Marotta has hailed Juventus’ ‘great team performance’ to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and revealed that ‘it all started with Joao Cancelo’.

Marotta played a key role in Juve’s €105m deal for Ronaldo as general manager, and he stressed it was the Portuguese’s ‘choice’ to join the Bianconeri.

“It was a great team performance, yes. I’m happy, very happy,” the 61-year-old told Corriere della Sera.

“The real protagonists of this team are the Juventus players and shareholders. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first to believe in this deal, the first to get it going. He chose Juventus.

“When we realised that we could take this opportunity, the shareholders agreed to support the club. I insist, it was a great team performance.

“It all started when we started negotiating for Cancelo, who has the same agent as Ronaldo, Jorge Mendes.

“We want to express maximum satisfaction and happiness at signing Cristiano and his decision to join Juventus.

“Cristiano’s very happy to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. He’s already decided where he’ll live - a beautiful penthouse in the middle of Turin.”

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