Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro has scored more goals for Real Madrid than he has played games. Not bad right? Well now he’s packing up his boots and heading to Turin for £88m. Imagine a world where a 33-year-old footballer can play at arguably the greatest club of the last decade and when they decide to part ways, they gain a profit. Two words. Only Ronaldo.
At 6ft 2in, dazzling feet and a clinical finish, Cristiano has set the European stage alight for the past 15 years, but his time has come to move on and 34 times Serie A winners Juventus are his selected destination. The Bianconeri have won 7 back-to-back Scudettos now, following the 95 point total they ended up with at the end of last season.
Juventus’ rather sudden interest in one of football’s greats has likely stemmed from the increase in competition from other Italian First Division clubs, particularly Napoli who led for the majority of the season before they tripped at the final hurdle, gifting the Scudetto back to the ‘Old Lady’.
Ronaldo, the Sporting Lisbon graduate, will still have plenty to offer for Juve, who are desperately looking to get their first Champions League trophy since their penalty triumph against Ajax Amsterdam in 1996. There’s no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo can do it at the highest of levels, even at 33, and he’ll be as eager as ever to add another league he’s mastered to his footballing cv.