Monday December 17 2018
‘Ronaldo wanted Juventus in January’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent reveals “he’d already told me he wanted to play for Juventus in January”.

The Portuguese superstar joined the Bianconeri in a €100m deal from Real Madrid in the summer, becoming Serie A’s highest paid player.

“Cristiano is the best in history,” Jorge Mendes told reporters at Tuttosport’s Golden Boy awards.

“The credit for this deal isn’t mind, it’s Juve and [President Andrea] Agnelli’s, who decided to take Criatiano.

“Juve wanted him and they bought him, he'd already told me he wanted to play for Juventus in January, that’s the truth.

“I thought it was impossible, but what I said to him was that it was very difficult, not impossible.

“Then I met the directors, the first meeting was with [Pavel] Nedved and [Fabio] Paratici, before the game against Real.

“Then I met the President, and from impossible I started to believe it was becoming probable, and as soon as Agnelli took the stage it was feasible.

“The negotiations lasted a couple of months.”

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