Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: Why is he leaving Real Madrid? | Football News
What’s behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus? And what does it all mean for Real Madrid?
The Portuguese superstar is on the way to Juventus in a £105m move, with both the Turin club and Real Madrid confirming they have agreed a deal for his transfer.
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Here, we answer the key questions surrounding the move with Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Why does Ronaldo want to leave?
Ultimately, it comes down to him not feeling wanted enough. Ronaldo has spent nine glittering seasons with Madrid and lifted his fourth Champions League trophy in five years just a few weeks ago, but he has a complicated relationship with club president Florentino Perez.
“It’s a personal issue,” Balague told Sky Sports in Friday’s episode of the Transfer Talk podcast. “Juventus are happy to pay him €30m net per year. He would earn the same if he signed a new contract at Real Madrid, but he feels he’s not wanted.
“The background is that a year ago, Perez said he would increase Ronaldo’s wages. Cristiano was waiting for an offer, and meanwhile, Lionel Messi got a new contract worth €41m net per year, Neymar is earning €35m net per year, and he is only earning €21m net per year.
“He also feels there is a lot of talk about Neymar. When Cristiano won the Ballon d’Or, Perez said that if Neymar wanted to win the Ballon d’Or he needed to move to Real Madrid. Cristiano didn’t like that, but when he threatened them with leaving, he felt Real Madrid didn’t do enough to try and keep him.
“It’s all very confusing. He wants to leave but at the same time he wants to be stopped. Anyway, Real Madrid are happy to let him go, but they want him to say publicly that he’s leaving, so the finger of blame goes to him and they can give him a spectacular send-off.”
How can Juventus afford him?
Balague estimates the total cost of the transfer, including all fees and wages over the course of the proposed four-year contract, would total upwards of €400m euros.
“Quite clearly, financial fair play will play a part here, which means they will have to be very careful how they do this, but Real Madrid believe Juventus have sorted that out.
“I believe in the last 48 hours [amid the Ronaldo speculation], the value of Juventus in the stock market has increased 20 per cent. That explains one reason why they want him.”
Juventus will, however, need to sell players to balance the books. One player who has already been linked with an exit is Gonzalo Higuain, who is reportedly a target for Chelsea.
Were there any other suitors?
Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, also sounded out Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United about the possibility of signing him, according to Balague, but both clubs said they were not interested, leaving Juventus with a clear run at him.
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Listen to Guillem Balague’s views on Cristiano Ronaldo’s proposed move to Juventus in full.
Could Ronaldo keep winning at Juventus?
Ronaldo would be confident of adding to his vast trophy collection at Juventus. The Old Lady are totally dominant in Italian football having won seven consecutive Serie A titles and four consecutive league and cup doubles.
They are a European force, too. Juventus have not won the Champions League since the 1995/96 season, but they have reached two finals in the last five years. With Ronaldo on their side instead of standing in their way, they would fancy their chances of going one better.
What next for Madrid?
After 450 goals in 438 appearances – including 44 in 44 last season – Ronaldo’s departure would leave a gaping hole at Real Madrid. So how do they plan to replace him?