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Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for Juventus after nine years with the European Champions.
Ronaldo signs for Juventus to win the Champions League!
Former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo signed with Juventus and was presented on Monday 16th July 2018 in Turin. With Ronaldo we expect Juventus will win the Champions League within 3 years.
Ronaldo: “I am very happy motivated and focused, and I want to show the Italians that I am a top player.”
Ronaldo has been recruited to help Juventus win the Champions League. They have won the league title, Serie A, for the last seven seasons and have also accomplished the league and cup double for the past consecutive four years. The club has dominated Italian football for the last 7 years but they have been beaten in 2 Champions League finals in that time, losing to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017.
Ronaldo: “This is an important step in my career because it is a great club, with a great president, and great supporters.”
They last won the competition in 1996 and have since lost 5 times in the final. They seriously raise their chances to achieve that goal now that they have signed the best player in the competition.
Ronaldo scored 450 goals for Real Madrid since he joined the club in 2009.
“I want to win. And maybe I will be awarded the Ballon d’Or again.” He said. “I do know that the Champions League is a trophy that every club wants to win. This is an option. We are going to fight not only for the Champions League but for the Serie A title as well.”
Ronaldo is keen to impress at his new club and has turned the page with Real Madrid and looks forward to the new challenge in Italy. He will be aiming to win another Ballon d’Or with Italy’s most successful club in the league with 34 Serie A titles. His main aim is to win the Champions League and that’s what he has been recruited for.
Ronaldo: “Juventus gave me a wonderful opportunity. I am so grateful. I am so proud they were interested in me. I hope I can take Juventus to an even higher level.”
Mourinho’s Opinion : “People will look at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it is the best league and Spain for Leo Messi.”
According to the former Real Madrid coach, now at Manchester United, it marks a shift of power towards Italian football. The big loser being Spain’s La Liga and according to the Portuguese coach, “the Premier League is the most competitive league with the best players” and he added “now you can see three dimensions”. England, Spain and Italy.
Some have even suggested that his departure has lowered the level in Spain and it will be even easier for rivals Barcelona to continue their domination of la Liga. Barça have won 7 of the last 10 league titles and we expect them to win at least another 3 titles in the next 5 years. However, we do not think that this will necessarily lower the level in Spain’s top-flight and La Liga team’s will remain very competitive in Europe. Its great for football that Ronaldo moves to Italy and as Mourinho says, it now brings more attention to the Italian league which was in need of such high-profile figure.
Real Madrid will also remain competitive but without Ronaldo, who scored 44 goals in all competitions for Real last season, they will have trouble replacing the formidable scoring rate of the prolific former Manchester star. Real may need two major signings if they are to replicate that amount of goals. Remember that last season in Europe, only Messi with 45, Salah on 44 and Kane with 41 goals were at the scoring level Ronaldo produced.
Mourinho: “Congratulations to Juventus for the transfer, for football, advertising, and marketing”
Ronaldo raises hopes of an entire nation
He has won the Champions League once with Manchester United, four times with Real Madrid and is determined to help Juve win their third Champions League or European Cup. Juventus have been very close to winning the Champions League but were recently beaten by the best two team’s in Europe at the time.
Ronaldo will provide the missing link.
Arrive Ronaldo in Italy and there is hope that they can now win the Champions League which has eluded especially Juve for such a long time, 22 years. Juventus won their first European Cup in 1985 and then again in 1996.
Ronaldo at Juve: Ronaldo cost Juventus Euro 105 million. The club loves him and the fans are so excited that they have already sold more than half a million CR7 shirts.
In Italy, the last club to win the Champions League was Inter Milan with a third crown in 2010 and before that AC Milan won their 7th title in 2007. Roma and Napoli are getting back into the frame as well, as we saw the former reach last season’s Champions League semi-final after a remarkable comeback to beat Barcelona in the quarters.
We would expect the best teams in Serie A to strengthen their squads if they are to keep up with the likes of not only Juventus at home, but to take on the best in Europe as they did in the days of the great AC Milan who the competition five times between 1989 and 2007. Inter Milan are also back in the Champions League for the 2018-2019 season with Juventus, Napoli and Roma.
Automatic qualifiers for 2018/19 Champions League group stage
ESP: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia GER: Bayern München, Schalke, Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund ENG: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Internazionale Milano FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva, CSKA Moskva POR: Porto UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk BEL: Club Brugge TUR: Galatasaray CZE: Viktoria Plzeň
Italy’s Serie A had somewhat fallen off the European radar - not helped by the national team missing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup - falling way behind England and Spain and even to a certain extent France. But it is time to shine again. We will see the arrival of other star players who may also want to take up a new challenge as did Ronaldo. Some may be tempted to try their chances as competition for starting spots in England’s top 6 and Spain’s top 4 clubs is extremely fierce.
Especially with Champions League football involved, Italy has suddenly become a very attractive place again and it certainly deserves to get back to it's peak with names such as Ronaldo. In the 90's and early 2000's it was host of famous foreign players like Michel Platini, Maradona, Ruud Gullit, Lothar Matthäus, Van Basten, Paul Gascoigne, Weah, Seedorf, Ronaldo the Brazilian, Zidane, Kaka or even Ronaldinho, to name but a few. Those players brought so much glamour and prestige to the Italian Serie A and Italy was the place to be in European football.
Ronaldo raises hopes for Italian football, which other than Juventus have been a little off the pace in comparison to their European counterparts. Spain has clearly been the dominant force, not only through Barcelona and Real Madrid who have won the past 5 Champions League titles, four for Real and one for Barça, but also with Sevilla and Atlético Madrid winning the Europa League in recent years.
In addition, the resurgence of English clubs such as Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, means that there will be a shift from Spanish club’s dominance of Europe’s top club competitions over the last 5 years.
Ronaldo: “Players of my age go to China or Qatar. The challenge here at Juve makes me super happy.”
So welcome Ronaldo, raise the level even higher!