For the past three years, there were many rumours about Cristiano Ronaldo‘s dissatisfaction playing for at Real Madrid and his possible transfer to a different club. All the rumours came to a halt when he was signed by the Italian Old Lady Juventus as opposed to the popular speculation of him joining Manchester United, thus leaving everyone in wonder as to why he signed for Juventus and not the Red Devils Manchester United. Here are some of my thoughts on why Cristiano Ronaldo left Madrid and what makes Juventus a favorable spot for him.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration with Real Madrid
In the past two years, we have read a lot of news confirming that Ronaldo is frustrated at Real Madrid. Real Madrid is not the same as it used to be a decade ago. Many pundits consider the current Real Madrid team as the weakest in the recent times. In the last season, even though they won the Champions League, they could not win the La Liga or any other major title. Therefore, Ronaldo always felt his teammates were not good enough or are not up to his standards. Whenever Real Madrid lost a match in the La Liga, Ronaldo openly criticized the performance of other players. Hence, it is very evident that he wanted to play in a team of strong players.
2. Neymar Factor
3. Low Salary
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4. Ronaldo’s Age
5. It is not easy to dominate Premier League
Ronaldo, like any other celebrity, enjoys attention and desires to be the star of the game, but it is not easy to achieve that in the Premier League. As we all know the Premier League is all about pace and is physically demanding. If one looks at history, with an exception of Manchester City, no team has managed to consistently reach the top four position. Hence, it is crystal clear that success is uncertain regardless of the club. In such a situation, it is always wise to be a part of a team that comprises of young and strong players who have a proven record of high-level performance. The team Juventus that had challenged him in the last Champion’s League match ticks all the right boxes.
6. Ronaldo’s Champions League fascination
Ronaldo loves Champions League more than anything. Last season when Real Madrid was suffering in the La Liga, he chose to rest and concentrate on Champions League. He already holds numerous records in the Champions Leagues like, for highest number of Champions League goals (120), highest number of Champions League final wins, and as the only player to score in 11 straight Champions League games and only player to score 10 goals against a single club(Juventus) in the Champions League. So, Ronaldo wanted to play for a club that will qualify for the Champions League. And the easiest selection was Juventus the reasons are explained in the next point.
7. Juventus domination :Consecutive 7 league wins and 4 doubles
If you don’t follow Serie A then let me tell you, Serie A is all about Juventus. The reason why I say this is because Juventus won the 2017/18 Serie A title making them the only club to win the league title for a consecutive 7 years, also they are the current Coppa Italia Champions which they won for the consecutive 4th year. Also, in the past four Champions leagues, Juventus reached finals twice. This proves how strong they are not only in Italy but also in entire Europe. If they can reach semi-finals or finals without Ronaldo or a Ballon d’Or winner, imagine how strong they will be with Ronaldo. This will help Ronaldo to win more titles and create a huge fan base.
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8. Juventus will build a team around Cristiano Ronaldo
When a footballer becomes a star, he wants a team built around him. But Cristiano Ronaldo is 33 years old and cannot demand the same from any club. Juventus, on the other hand, are very happy to have him and are showing all the willingness to build a team around him. This can help him stay at the top flight for some more years and maybe even till the next world cup.
9. Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or dream
Winning a Ballon d’Or is every footballer’s dream. Ronaldo has won it five times proving himself to be a competent footballer. But there is one more player who has won it the same number of times as Ronaldo- his biggest competition, Lionel Messi. Ronaldo
who always believes that he is the best in the world wants to have an edge over others by adding more Ballon d’Ors to his credit. As it became obvious that it won’t be possible playing for Real Madrid, he saw new possibilities at Juventus.