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.

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Have your say...
Ok lets make this simple for you trolls. There are 2 elites in the world of football at the moment. We have just signed 1. This man has just scored 50 goals, as in just a few months ago and is nominated for the player of the yr award. It is not an ordinary signing. All of you will kill to have a player like that on your team and this is without marketing or extra $ and fans and all that. Every other player doesnt even live on the same planet in terms of skill. Shut up!! and be grateful
on the 11th July, 2018 at 10:48pm
As i told you all before. Haters gonna hate. This is not an ordinary player. Lets make it simple. There are 2 elites in the world of football atm. 1 is cr7 and 2 is messi. Then there is everyone else. The man has just scored over 50 goals. As in just a few months ago and is nominated for player of the yr award. The end . All of you haters shut up!!! Any opposing team or fan that says otherwise is just jealous. I would be, tbh. It is what it is ppl, dont be whiney.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 10:40pm
@napoli hahahaha you better be concerned about milik getting injured for a season. Again!!!!!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 10:23pm
One thing I am not looking forward to is the CR7 fanboys and gloryhunters becoming "Juve fans", knowing nothing about Italian football. I can already see the forums like this one soon being overrun by "CR7 > Midgetessi" comments.
These fans will no respect for the historical rivalry between Juve and the Milan clubs, or any notion of North vs South.
Hopefully all of Serie A can capitalize on this, nobody wants to see Italy become another Ligue 1 (if it isn't this way already).
on the 11th July, 2018 at 7:21pm
It isn't belittling.he wants to be the final piece to take us to the promised land and at the same time end the who's better Ronaldo or Messi talk once and for all.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 7:06pm
Crazy to think that most non-JuBe fans are actually 'happy' and of course jealous of CRy's signing. I'm Inter fan and I tip my hat to JuBe for getting this done. Of course the pressure, and rightfully so, is on massively to deliver that elusive CL trophy. He signed for 4 yrs, correct? Anything short of at least 2 CL trophies AND a treble should be considered a MAJOR failure. Congratulations on your signing, I hope you don't win jack! ...what, I'm jealous, so what?? LOL
on the 11th July, 2018 at 6:35pm
For those on here saying that Juve spent €100 million on a 33 year old. Ronaldo is the best player to compete in the Champions League and his numbers don't lie. 6 straight years with most goals in the competition. He tore his collateral ligament at 32 last summer missing most of the first half of the season and still scored 44 goals in La liga/Champions league combined. The failure to realize the impact on the pitch and economically for Juve is why you haters shouldn't comment on public forums.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 6:11pm
also Suzy your arguments simply don’t stack up as Ronaldo could quite easily have gone to a major premier league team or PSG or Bayern Munich. Bayern are a bigger team than Juve and they also have a slow league like Italy. Clearly there is something about Juve that separates them from being a mere stepping stone to his own egotistical objectives from PSG and Bayern. He’d have a better chance of winning the CL at Bayern or PSG than at Juve. He obviously chose Juve for a reason.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 6:04pm
What a load of nonsense this article is. You forget that Platini was in Serie A before Maradona? What he did for Juve, for Serie A and was solely responsible for the French National team revolution in the early 80's and a major part of Juve's first European cup?

But you would rather praise Maradona who was brought to Naples with mafia funds through their crooked President Corrado Ferlaino. The same Maradona who still says that Naples isn't part of Italy?
on the 11th July, 2018 at 6:04pm
As to your comments Suzy, so what if Ronaldo is using Juve as a means to an end. That’s exactly what happens in every commercial relationship. He may be using us to prove he is the best player ever just like we are using him to win the champions league. Do you think Mourinho went to crappy inter Milan to win the treble for inter or for himself to boost his CV and get to Madrid? The important thing is that Juve and ronaldo’s interests are aligned and we get that CL.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 6:00pm

The article is rich coming from a Milan supporter. Your club is a dying carcass with a number of different vultures circling it Ready to pick the meat from the bones once the pulse inevitably stops. As your team lay dying, they see bright green grass with a white picket fence over at Juve. It’s only natural for you to be bitter and unlike the other comments, I actually understand your feelings. It must be incredibly painful having to watch your greatest rival doing so well. It’s jealousy.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:56pm
It is his self serving ego that has proved him the best!!! Messi if nothing in comparison and Ronaldo will prove this across 3 top leagues!!!!!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:52pm
Even as a pragmatic JUVE supporter, I love this move. Yes the money is massive for 33 year old but he is now a CF and still scores almost a goal a game. He will have a great supporting cast and chance to lead a yearning fan base to a UCL crown.

For us this makes sense from sporting perspective but off the field is what makes this deal a must do. Ronaldo will bring a commercial revenue stream to JUVE and Serie A, that no player else can. Messi is the GOAT but Ronaldo is in the conversation.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:49pm
Juve stock rising 33%, worldwide headlines, best player in the world choosing Juventus, only Suzy could possibly find something negative. The best player in the world playing for Juventus, what an unbelievable coup. Suzy, which party loses in this transfer; Juve, Ronaldo? On the contrary both parties win massively both professionally and in a sporting context. Do you seriously get paid for dreaming up this drivel? Transfer of the century!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:38pm
I'm an inter fan and I'm very excited by Ronaldo's arrival. This will revolutionize Serie A, which is already on the up. No doubt a massive coup for Juve, but this will benefit everyone down the line.

From an Inter perspective, if anything, CR7 would like a Serie A rival. I doubt anything will motivate Icardi more then trying to compete with him (no, I'm not saying they're equal, but rivalry is good no?)
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:19pm
Juve got robbed .. they paid over 100m euro for an old man .. and have to pay him 30m euro for the next 4 yrs... haha, i love it !
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:18pm
Yeah Anon, keep telling yourself that if it makes you sleep at night.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:16pm
If he wins the CL with Juve he writes his name in history. Messi v Ronaldo will no longer be a question up for debate but then again there are still people who think Messi is better than Maradona so sometimes people cannot be reasonable.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:13pm
As an Inter fan, the Juve purchases of Cancelo and Ronaldo are so good I think you can almost give them next year's title now! :-(
on the 11th July, 2018 at 5:05pm
Sorry Susy, going to have to disagree with you on this.

On your basis any move would be an insult to the club he joins.

Juve just bought the best player in the world! Cheer up and enjoy what is a fantastic moment not just for Juve fans (like me) but for all italian football fans.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:38pm
I criticizes Susy's last article on Milan for being condescending lol and received some push back for it. Now this.
Susy stirs up the fans' emotions and gets them to bicker in the comment section on purpose. It's getting sorta worn-out at this point.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:25pm
I agree with Susy. A HUGE ego plus his age= disaster.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:20pm
As a Juve fan I don't want him at Turin. He's 33 now, one major injury and he won't recover plus I believe he will be a disruptive force in the dressing room with his huge ego. I think Susy has a point.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:15pm
I agree with Susy, It's enraging when you look at his prospected wages and all the other benefits he is getting- every one is acting like he's the second coming! He's 33!! If he gets an injury now it will be hard for him to recover and that'll be a huge waste of money.

I believe that with HUGE ego,he'll be a disruptive force in the dressing room, everything will have to be about him and that'll cause resentment and friction and in the end will be counter productive. FORZA JUVE!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:09pm
3)& last but not least. CR has serious problems with the Spanish fisco. He had a hard sentence some weeks ago for tax evasion with a millionaire fine to avoid prison. If he happened to be caught again in any other irregularities,he would go to prison for repeated infringements. He demanded RMadrid's management a public defense of his "honour" during the trial & a pay rise to pay that fiscal fine & the negative answer was the beginning of the end.His farewell to Spain was certain after that.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:06pm
Do the author honestly think ANY player change teams for any other reason than selfserving reasons? It’s either for better salary or the chance to win new
titles, of course they are selfserving.
The only person trying to belittle Juventus is the author with this stupid argumenting! Ronaldo came to Juve to win Serie A, Coppa Italia, become Capocannoniere AND win a 6th CL! After winning everything in England, Spain and dominating CL it’s only right Ronaldo wants to concur Italy and exceed Messi.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:06pm
2)The author's explanation about the 100M realease clause is not exact. It excluded a) RMadrid's enemy in Spain for obvious reasons & b) 3 clubs with interesting players for RMadrid in order to force a negotiation + exchange of players is they were willing to bid for Ronaldo. Joining Juve is not "one massive insult to Florentino Perez" since Pérez had decided that was the last trial of strength Ronaldo was having with RMadrid's management."Bring us an offer of any other club & you can go away".
on the 11th July, 2018 at 3:51pm
"Ronaldo was frustrated at being just one of the star names at the Bernabeu"

You REALLY believe this? What absolute nonsense. No one at Real Madrid comes even close to having the same star quality as CR7. Benzema? Modric? Bale? Ramos? Not even close.

I've always wondered what it's like to be a journo and write articles, prove a point etc, whithout actually believing what your typing. Intellectual prostitution.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 3:45pm
1) The real fact is RMadrid's management got fed up with CR's ego-trips and his constant demands for Messi-level pay rises being 33 and a half years old. And they were waiting for the moment of "gently" pushing him out of the club, because it was clear for them that CR's natural decadence would bring increasing conflicts. There were also locker-room problems, with CR in non-speaking terms with most of his team mates.He even didn't join them in the post-match celebrations of the last CL final.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 3:36pm
Honestly I don't care. I am too happy and excited to bother with what Ronaldo's agenda is. Anyone saying anything bad about his attitude never met him up close before let alone shake his hands, so how can we judge what kind of a person he really is? Being self-centered is a good thing if your ambition aligns with the team. If you want to win, "You think you're good enough, come, we'll put you to the test" - Conte. Juventus welcome you.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 3:14pm

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