Wednesday July 11 2018
Condescending Cristiano

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly a huge boost for Juventus and Serie A, but Susy Campanale doesn’t see this as a compliment.

The arrival of a reigning Ballon d’Or and contender for the title of G.O.A.T. has been called the biggest signing since Diego Maradona to Napoli or the original Ronaldo to Inter. Cristiano Ronaldo brings attention, respect and prestige to Juventus and consequently all of Serie A.

However, I’m concerned at these comparisons and what they really mean. The reason Maradona is still treated as a deity in the streets of Naples is the club made no real impact before his arrival, managing at best two editions of the Coppa Italia. After El Pibe de Oro’s arrival for a record fee in 1984, they won two Serie A titles, the UEFA Cup and the Italian Super Cup.

This Juventus cannot be compared to that. They have reached the Champions League Final twice in the last four seasons, won an all-time record seven consecutive Scudetti and four domestic doubles on the trot. CR7 makes an already great team even stronger, but is not their saviour the same way Maradona was at Napoli. To view them in that light is at best condescending, at worst downright insulting.

Serie A doesn’t generally command the star names it used to because financially the clubs are too far behind La Liga and Premier League, so can’t compete on the market. Getting a Ballon d’Or winner for €100m feels like a bargain in an age when Virgil van Dijk cost €79m and Lazio want €150m for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

People are saying Ronaldo’s arrival means Serie A is given new credibility and respect, with Juventus elevated to the same plane as Real Madrid and Barcelona. My concern is that, in a way, it proves the exact opposite. Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid because he was bored of winning three Champions League titles in a row and still getting unfavourably compared to Lionel Messi. This duel to be the GOAT is getting irritating, so while Messi would never leave the Blaugrana, CR7 believes he can prove himself the best by winning in Europe even in a ‘weaker’ team, one that is famous for not lifting the trophy for 23 years. That is not showing respect to Juventus or its history. That is belittling it.

Ronaldo was frustrated at being just one of the star names at the Bernabeu, whereas he has absolute domination of the narrative in Turin and Italy. His ego is so big that he demands the same salary as Messi, wants to win at Juventus not so he can end the Bianconeri’s Champions League curse, but simply to prove he is the decisive factor.

When Real Madrid offered him that €100m release clause, there’s a reason they excluded clubs like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Manchester City. They expected him to see out his autumn years in China or Major League Soccer, so joining another Champions League contender is one massive insult to Florentino Perez.

I’m sure Juventus fans won’t care one bit if the motives are condescending, as long as they get to lift the Champions League trophy at last and perhaps match the Inter Treble. Serie A clubs and supporters won’t mind either if Ronaldo brings increased revenue, media coverage and general respect to the league. Just don’t pretend Cristiano Ronaldo is fuelled by anything other than self-serving ego.

Have your say...
Simply put, this is the worst post of the year so far- so disgusting.
on the 31st July, 2018 at 8:17pm
... but again, in your dictionary: fantastic = decent, good things = mostly bad, and RUMOR = FACT.
on the 21st July, 2018 at 8:22am
Dude i don't care if you are a Juve supporter or not, you can say as much as you like about how great clownucci is. But in fact, this clown can't do much without Chiellini and Barzagli around him. A "bad and mercenary" defender (according to pathetic Milan fans) like Benatia can easily replace their clown captain at Juve. It must be a painful sight for you and your fellows. Btw, i can see this "fantastic" defender will stay at Milan since these top clubs seeking for his signature is just rumor.
on the 21st July, 2018 at 2:07am
@Giancarlo C's Mom

Dude if you didn't know i was a Juve supporter you must have only recently started posting on these blogs. but that neither here nor there!

Fact is mate that Bonucci has put in a transfer request and is likely going to join another big spending club ie. Man U. City, PSG, Real or Barca! However if I'm wasting your time don't bother answering my posts just watch as my claims are rarely wrong. I just hope that you are not going to attack Buffon qualities because he joined PSG
on the 17th July, 2018 at 9:21pm
@ Al Dino

Oh are you a Juve fan now? lol

Ok, I'm being honest with my self, Your praise to Bonucci is hilarious. Guardiola wanted him when he WAS at Juve (thanks to Chiellini and Barzagli) but Barca, Madrid and MU wanted him was just RUMOR.

Dude, you are wasting my time!

And don't forget, this shaky clown has given Juve fans a lot of disappointment in 2 champions league final.
on the 17th July, 2018 at 9:08am
@Giancarlo C's Mom

BBC was amazing together & they truly carried both Italy & Juve to new heights if you will but individually Bonucci is just as good as Chellini and Barza. i hope you can be honest with your self and admit that. There is a reason why Barca, Real, Man U all where after him at one time or another. But the most important thing to remember is that he was a loyal servant of Juve's for many years & has given us Juve fans a lot of enjoyment that's why i can't accept the trash talk
on the 16th July, 2018 at 10:50pm
@ Al Dino

First of all, Bonucci looked "fantastic" thanks to CHIELLINI and Barzagli.

Secondly, cut the crap man! 9 month ago, milan fans harshly mocked Pallotta for telling the truth about Milan's financial situation. And apparently for Milan fans, fantastic = decent and good = bad sometimes.
on the 16th July, 2018 at 7:38am
What an absolutely terrible article, do you think all players change clubs for the love of the badge? EVERY player moves for selfish reasons being money and silverware.
on the 15th July, 2018 at 2:53pm
I can't believe some of the trash talk on here... First of Bonucci is a fantastic CB and has been among the best for a while now. None should expect him to change the fortunes at Milan when not even the owners are able to keep that ship afloat. He was fantastic at Juve and he did some good things at Milan. As for trash talking Milan let's get one thing straight only when all top Italian clubs perform at their peak will Serie A be what it once was! Forza Milan!
on the 14th July, 2018 at 9:56pm
The fact that Ronaldo wants to come to Serie A is a great compliment to Italian football. He is still the best player in the world. He is not coming here to retire. He is coming to Serie A because he wants to itch his names among all the other all time greats of the game who has played in Serie A. That's a positive thing for all.

I am not even a Juve fan, but a Roma fan, and I am excited and happy Ronaldo is playing in Serie A now, even if it's for the strongest team.
on the 14th July, 2018 at 8:17am
Milan went to Juve's stinky garbage trash can and found Bonucci and scurried back to Milan like feral foxes thinking they had just picked up a feast. Instead they got a treacherous piece of trash who made zero difference lol. This is why Milan and their fans need to get on all fours and beg the Juve board and the Juve fans for the secret to complete domination of these lowly servants Milan and Inter and Napoli and Roma lol. Milan fans should be curled up in a ball at our feet.
on the 13th July, 2018 at 1:04pm
Hahaha if bonucci moves to psg that is when i hope they play juve for sure hahahaha . But it wont be in a final as without the real bbc bonucci will NEVER feature in another final or even close to one. That boy is so lame now i dont even want him smelling the NT. Anyways with caldara and rugani getting regular playing time for top teams now . Byeeee bonucciiii hahahahahhah loser. He is now officially a FLOP!!!! Best milan captain ever Flopnucciii hahahahah ohhhhh haaaaaa!!!!
on the 13th July, 2018 at 11:51am
Bonucci, darling of Viktor. No matter how bad he is on the pitch and robbing 7.5 Millions from Milan, this pathetic guy will come up and defending his clown captain who is now working out his move to PSG. LOL

It's just so sad for Viktor that mercenary like Benatia easily replaced Bonucci's place in Juventus and scoring goals against Milan right on Bonucci's face.
on the 13th July, 2018 at 8:23am
Ronaldo is the best thing that has happened in Italian football since 2006. If he helps Juventus wn the champions league and elevate them to same competitive level of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich what a fantastic feat. He will be viewed a bargain. If he stays fit he is capable of playing for at least another 4 years as per the greats of Seria A before him. The rest of Italy needs to stop criticising Juve and follow their lead so Italian football can become the power house of football
on the 12th July, 2018 at 7:38pm

What about Leonardo Bonucci? What do you think he went to AC Milan for? Because he loves Milan or because he wanted to show himself as being the difference between a constant failing Milan and a winning one. Turns out they are still losers and so is he so now he's going to try it with PSG.

Must be hard to take for you. Why don't you just become a Juventus supporter and write articles about how amazing we are in Italy only.

How's borderline bankruptcy going?
on the 12th July, 2018 at 12:34pm
You have no discernible and or compelling argument, apart from sounding like a rambling poser trying to provoke a reaction from other fans.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 12:33pm
The first half of the article is true.

CR7 is just an addition and a boost to an already great team. The only people that see him as being bigger than Serie A are the British pundits and fans. So who cares.

The second half of the article though is nothing more than a bunch of passive aggressive speculations and assumptions filled with jealousy.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 12:09pm
Ugh classic Suzy jokes mashed up as an "article". Your passive aggressive comments about Juve are at best childish and at worst downright stupid. Ronaldo left Real Madrid because he was hurt finding out Perez is flirting with the idea of replacing him so he moved on to stick it to the boss. The GOAT race is not about a joining a weaker team... it's about winning UCL with a THIRD team. Suzy you can't be THAT OFF with well known stories in world football so I guess you assume us readers are stupid
on the 12th July, 2018 at 11:00am
I agree with Susy, Also Ronaldo is 33 one hard tackle and e may not recover. I also believe his huge ego will disrupt the team. FORZA JUVE
on the 12th July, 2018 at 10:09am
Show me a man who says Messi is better than Maradona and I'll show you a man who did not watch Maradona at his peak.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 10:08am
I am juve fan through and through but no matter what Christiano does, he will never be as good as Messi.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 10:05am
I am a Milanista but I know that this write up is actually senseless.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 7:50am
Shouldn't he want to challenge himself, he has done it all at Madrid, now see if he can make the difference for a solid club that sadly have struggled to make that final jump. If nothing else, at least he will not score against Juventus in the champions league this year (or at least, not intentionally)
on the 12th July, 2018 at 7:26am
What a load of absolute rubbish. The comparison with Maradona makes no sense whatsoever apart from both players moving from La Liga to Serie A, and you mention the original Ronaldo but fail to expand on why you do. Cristiano Ronaldo is in no way denigrating Juventus as this is a mutually beneficial commercial arrangement and to frame it as anything else as you have tried to do is complete nonsense. I'm an inter fan but have to admit this is a masterstroke on a business and sporting level by Juve
on the 12th July, 2018 at 6:11am
Suzy please..good journalist have to be neutral, this content its undoubtedly full of jealousy.Who care about CR7 agenda if Juve can win the Champions league. FI should do something about this
on the 12th July, 2018 at 4:28am
instead of criticizing Juventus's success in landing Ronaldo, why don't you concern more about your beloved team with its new owner(s)?
Yeah,the world know your beloved team won 7 CL titles but it's all past success. I bet you woulda said differently if it was Milan landing CR7.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 2:16am
We’ve just signed the best striker in the world...what’s the problem? It’s fantastic for the club! Ronaldo is a phenomenal athlete. He will maintain his fitness and continue to be the best. He’s the best professional there is in the game... driven and focused. Napoli fans can’t hack it...another title in the bag for Juve... Plus I believe Ronaldo is what we need in CL! Big player for the BIG Games to score those goals!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 11:33pm
I'm an inter fan. But this is just plain jealousy spilling from the mouth of a bitter rossonero. Please!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 10:24pm
Another uses point of view Suzy. We all know your biased. Good Journalism should not allow personal jealousy to tarnish work. Please editors when will you stop this rubbish. Its been going on for years now.. Hang on maybe its because it comedy for us.. Carry of Suzy... literally.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 9:51pm
Another uses point of view Suzy. We all know your biased. Good Journalism should not allow personal jealousy to tarnish work. Please editors when will you stop this rubbish. Its been going on for years now.. Hang on maybe its because it comedy for us.. Carry of Suzy... literally.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 9:48pm

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