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Wednesday November 11 2020
Should Juventus sell Cristiano Ronaldo?

Leonardo caused a media frenzy on Tuesday after hinting that PSG could make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio De Dominicis wonders if Juventus should sell their star striker.

“Today in football we do not know what will happen. Maybe tomorrow Cristiano Ronaldo wakes up and says I want to go play elsewhere,” Leonardo said.

“Who can buy him? It's a closed circle. PSG enters this circle. Usually it is about opportunities, situations.

“The transfer window, we have to prepare for it and that's what we do. We have our priorities, our lists, but something unforeseen can happen.”

While this may be brushed off as mere speculation, Leonardo’s words carry slightly more weight given the circumstances around which they were uttered: it was not an independent media house posing the question about the possible acquisition of Ronaldo, but rather, it was brought to light in an in-house interview conducted on PSG TV, with the club no doubt having approved the questions before airing the show.

Juventus will certainly refuse to entertain such ludicrous thoughts, wouldn’t they? As one of the world’s most prized players, Ronaldo is the focal point of the Bianconeri attack, a multiple record-breaking and title-winning superstar and the glorified missing piece of the Champions League winning puzzle, who will unquestioningly see out his contract in Italy, considering the calibre of the club he joined, and the great lengths they went into prizing him so unexpectedly away from Real Madrid, surely?

At first glance, yes. Yet a closer look reveals several reasons why a seemingly incredulous move to France may just be of benefit for all parties involved.

The PSG project has been in motion for many years, as the perpetual domestic league winners have their sights set on, above all, one iconic trophy: the coveted UEFA Champions League. After three consecutive Round of 16 exits, Les Parisiens went agonisingly close to finally realising their distant dream this year, with Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman haunting his ex-employers as his goal proved the difference in August’s final.

Last season’s European campaign helped overcome a major mental stumbling block for the Paris club, who had previously failed to reach the final four in the competition, proving they have the capability of reaching the business end of the tournament. Why not, then, add a five-time winner of the competition and perennial goalscoring machine in Ronaldo to their ranks?

As alluded to in Leonardo’s statement, there are very few clubs that can afford Ronaldo’s hefty fee and wages, yet PSG are definitely one of them, and the club could yet receive a further cash injection next summer to boost their pursuit of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

It’s no secret that Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid are long-time admirers of current PSG star Kylian Mbappe, with their non-existent spending this past summer transfer window, for the first time since 1980, indicating that another Galactico could arrive next year. Mbappe fits the bill perfectly, with PSG set to receive a monstrous amount in the proposed sale, paving the way for Ronaldo’s possible arrival.

For Ronaldo himself, even at 35, he is still playing at the highest level, is a menace for opposition defenders and demands perfection from his teammates, helping to raise their game and individual performances. However, the current Juventus crop is a far cry from the superstars he was surrounded by in Madrid. Questions have been asked about the mentality of this Juventus team, the quality of his teammates and how many more times he needs to once again be called upon to single-handedly step up and save his side.

For the first time in years, Juventus claiming this season’s Scudetto does not seem like a forgone conclusion, with the club under reconstruction with the guidance of new coach Andrea Pirlo. Despite being brought in to help the club’s bid for elusive European glory, Juventus have fallen flat in the continent’s premier club competition, falling short in the quarter-final and Round of 16 in the two years since Ronaldo’s arrival, and early signs are that a strong continental campaign in this year’s competition seems unrealistic, taking into account the club’s new direction, philosophy and changes under their new coach.

At this stage of career, Ronaldo wouldn’t want to be part of a club’s rebuilding phase – he is entering the twilight of his career, and the chances of adding to his numerous titles are very quickly diminishing.

A last European swansong in Paris would therefore make perfect sense: an almost guaranteed domestic trophy from yet another league to add to his already-bulging cabinet, the ultimate large-scale pay-out before retirement and the chance of one final shot at Champions League glory with a club that has now proven it can go all the way.

Finally, for the third part in this trifecta, Ronaldo’s departure would tick most boxes for the Bianconeri. Granted, they would lose a talisman, a global icon who has done almost as much in front of goal in carrying the team than he has off it, from a marketing perspective. Yet his services are far from cheap – his reported €31m annual salary is almost a whopping four times as much as the club’s second-highest paid player Matthijs De Ligt, who takes home a comparatively paltry €8m.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has spared very few, not least cash-strapped Juventus who recorded an annual €89.7m loss for the year ending June 30, 2020. Recouping some of the €100m the club paid Madrid by selling Ronaldo before the expiry of his contract in 2022 will go some way in balancing the club’s books, while no doubt providing the means to add much-needed recruits Pirlo desires as he builds a new Juventus dynasty.

As impressive and outstanding as he is, leading this new-look Juventus to immediate continental glory on his own is a near-impossible task, therefore with an eye already on the future, Juventus might be better off cashing in on their star for the greater good in years to come.

In the coming days and weeks, rumours will undoubtedly be quashed, and transfer talks dismissed – Ronaldo will most probably publicly display his happiness in Turin, while the club will allude to the length of his contract with the Old lady. What cannot be denied though, is that through Leonardo’s comments, PSG have planted a seed.

We will have to wait until summer next year to see whether or not that seed blossoms into fruition.

@fabiodedoms

Have your say...
If he doesn't love the club then go. We don't want mercenaries.
on the 16th November, 2020 at 6:39pm
CR7 is still playing at a very high level, as we all see Dybala having trouble staying healthy and playing well, CR7 is not easy to replace this being said the question gos down to finances, with Dybala playing as poorly as he is and requesting a huge pay increase we could easily see him dealt for a younger replacement or a midfielder on the other hand
they could save 30 mill and move CR7 during this cash crunch
on the 15th November, 2020 at 4:43pm
@TorreDG. I don't think people are claiming he's done (maybe one person). It's more short term issues vs. long term issues. I don't dispute your observations re Ronaldo, but Juve will have to be without him soonish anyway (contract up in 2022). Juve also just booked a huge loss, which is not normal for such a well run club, Covid notwithstanding. After 10 straight titles next summer might be the moment for a big reset. Pirlo's appointment is already a sign that the cycle is close to over.
on the 14th November, 2020 at 2:28pm
Lets be serious he will never win champions league with Juventus. He should leave only if he wants UEFA if not then stay .
on the 13th November, 2020 at 3:31pm
I think Juventus will be stuck between the fallacy of sunk costs and not wanting to sell to a potential rival in Europe. They won more with the likes of Vucinic and Hernanes than Ronaldo, which is a sobering thought.
on the 13th November, 2020 at 9:07am
If you think that Ronaldo is inconsequential to Juve's success just look at how they played while he was out. Can other players step up and replace him? Juve looks lost without him. far less dangerous, easy to defend. He makes other players better, as a playmaker and a focus of defenders. He isn't done yet as a force (like Ibra) and should be respected.
PS:
@Pinturicchio
The only thing you barf out is your own insipid ideas and criticism, the consequence of an empty nihilistic mind.
on the 12th November, 2020 at 4:15pm
I suspect his conversion and assist rate is low and with Covid hanging around Juve can't sell tickets to come see him play. Let him go suck the tit of the rich Arab owners at PSG.
on the 12th November, 2020 at 3:19pm
Leonardo is smart and knows juBentus need money to cover for their extravagant spending, so will need to sell. CR is not getting younger or faster, either, while the squad does not seem equipped to win UCL this season, either. It makes sense to get rid of the high wage while there is still an exit option on the horizon. Plus, juBentus need to cough up the money for Morata, currently on loan.
on the 12th November, 2020 at 10:36am
In a pure fantasy world it would be great if Juve could offer Ronaldo + Dybala for Mbappe :)
on the 12th November, 2020 at 10:16am
The time has come to move on, no player can last forever not even Ronaldo.I'd like to see him leave over Dybala who at 26 could be a key player for the next 5 years if given a proper chance. The main thing for me is that when you look at teams like Liverpool and Bayern every player on the pitch works hard and is full of energy. They also find players like Salah, Mane, Firmino, Gnabry, Goretzka etc who are not world class at the time but are turned into superstars. Juve need more of this
on the 12th November, 2020 at 9:27am
They'd lose out on marketing for sure, but on the pitch he might not be missed.

At his age, taking a big fee from PSG could be beneficial.

And let's face it, PSG would be him just winding down his career in Europe. The French club is a bit of a failed experiment. Plenty of league titles, but like Man City, a hollow feel to it all and constant failure in Europe.

Juve need new full-backs and midfielders, not superstar signings to sell more shirts, pillowcases, and keyrings.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 10:08pm
I swear every time I visit this site, there is another stupid blog with literally ZERO substance.


I've barfed out better stuff regarding football transfers after a drunken stupor.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 10:02pm
Nobody will pay 100m euros PLUS his 30m per season wage. He's a big gamble. Some clubs can afford to take it. Personally, I don't think he's a gamble that has paid off for Juventus. Sure they've had a big marketing boost, but they've won less this year and by a more slender margin than when they had Mirko Vucinic instead. Damning statement.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 5:58pm
I think Juve should sell CR7. Sarri and now Pirlo have complained of his selfishness which is incompatible with the football Juve are trying to play. Sell him. He scores a goal and costs us 2 goals coz of his selfishness.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 4:38pm
No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No not now not ever............CR7 is an absolute weapon and from what everyone says too, a thoroughly decent bloke despite what he could be given what he has...........long may he stay. We need that man more than parmesan on pasta.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 4:20pm
Leonardo is right, only a handful of teams can afford him. PSG, Man Utd, Real Madrid, as well as offers from the Middle East, China and MLS.

I feel his compete level would keep him in Europe, as his main goal is to win champions league with a 3rd team. In my opinion PSG, UTD and Real Madrid do not create a much better opportunity then Juve.

I see him staying as Dybala will be sold. The money used to invest in needs to support CR7.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 3:43pm
A phrase most Juventini hate, "player's will." To me it is all up to Ronaldo. If he leaves and Juve get more then $25M, what's left of his amortized value, they gain a transfer profit, as well as a wage saving of $31M. This can be used to invest in another player. What they will lose is his global impact to the brand.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 3:39pm
Obviously R7 is Juve's biggest weapon right now, but I think that it may really benefit them to let him go. As the article said Juve is in transition. His best shot at the CL with them was in his first season. Juve is obviously hurting financially. Meanwhile the team has become over reliant on him, and a player like Dybala is suffering from not having a place. Selling him would greatly strengthen the financial position while allowing the rest of the players to develop as a team.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 3:22pm
No, I don't think so. Regardless of the lack of UCL, Ronaldo's presence is immense for Juventus' DNA and future stars. I think people really under appreciate how big of a player he is.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 3:18pm
Fabio - rumours are quashed, not squashed.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 3:05pm
I am a devoted Juve fan and a huge CR7 fan as well. Definitely my type of player. I was overjoyed when he joined, despite every Portuguese and his sister all of a sudden supporting Juve, from Real Madrid. However, if he wants to leave, and we get a good price, he must leave. As great as he is, we were winning scudetto's with Matri...if we need to save on his salary and get world class midfielders, that's what we must do. No player is bigger than the club. Despite what every Portuguese thinks...
on the 11th November, 2020 at 2:59pm
What's the point unless he wants to leave. He's a money making machine in addition to being the key player. This article alludes that R7 doesn't want to be part of a work in progress team. I disagree, I think this is the kind of stimulus he's seeking, helping awaken a European sleeping Giant, especially as he's been there and done that in Galactico sides throughout his career. He looks happy in a Juve shirt to me and he appears to be 100% behind the project and what Pirlo is trying to do.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 2:19pm
It would be utter madness and a failure if he leaves us without winning the CL (or at least getting us close to it like Allegri did). Only severe financial constraints and lack of acceptable level of progress as a team would justify his departure.
on the 11th November, 2020 at 1:52pm

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