Monday December 24 2018
Paratici: ‘Signing Ronaldo was easy’

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici reveals it was “quite simple” to sign Cristiano Ronaldo because “there was no real need to convince him”.

The Portuguese superstar joined the Bianconeri in the summer for €100m, a deal which stunned the football world.

There was skepticism when the Italian champions’ interest was first announced, but in reality the transfer was smooth.

“With Cristiano it was quite simple because he already had it in his head to come to Juventus,” Paratici told Sky.

“There was no real need to convince him. I think around May 25, after the Champions League final he decided. He said: ‘if there’s Juve, then I only want Juve’.

“When we met with [agent Jorge] Mendes to talk about Joao Cancelo he told me: ‘you won’t believe this, but Cristiano wants to come to Juventus’.

“I replied: ’it’s not that I don’t believe it, but it seems difficult to make everything fit’.

“President [Andrea] Agnelli is very present in our daily lives, because he’s always with us or at least reachable, so we can easily meet.

“We plan for days, but this wasn’t planned. I said to him: ‘there could be an opportunity, but it’s important you listen to me until the end’.

“When you turn up to his office and tell him you need to buy Cristiano Ronaldo… it was good sporting news, but then there’s the other part. He understood immediately though, and I realised he was already thinking along those lines.

“When I left his office I thought we could get there. Agnelli said ‘give me a day or two to think about it’, but he called me after three hours.

“To draw up all the contracts we rented a villa on Lake Maggiore for a whole day, with all the representatives of Juventus and the player.”