This time the rumours were true. Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid to join Juventus for €112M. The Portuguese star is no longer Real Madrid player and he will be in the Serie A the next four seasons, until he is 37 years old. CR7 leaves the Spanish capital 9 years after with 16 titles and 451 goals. Perhaps, the best player in Real Madrid history has said goodbye to the club.
After the Champions League final in Kiev, Ronaldo said that “it was nice to play at Real Madrid”, opening the door to his departure. However, there wasn’t anything new, because he threatened several times to leave the club, pushing for a payrise. But this time was special and the relationship between Florentino Pérez and the star was completely broken. The president didn’t want to offer him a new contract despite Cristiano’s great season.
Another important issue is the problems with the Spanish Tax Authorities. In the last years, Cristiano Ronaldo had to speak with the judges explaining his tax declaration and he even accepted 2 year prison sentence, according to some media, although he didn’t have to enter in jail. Angry for the no support of the club, this could be another reason for Ronaldo to leave.
Now he will join Juventus, as Real Madrid published in their website, the Italian champion the last seven years. His challenge will be leading the Vecchia Signora to the Champions League title, because the Italian champion has always struggled in Europe. They lost two finals in the recent years -against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid- and they want to conquer the title again.
Real Madrid need to think how to replace the best player in their recent history. Obviously, the team will be completely different next year, having lost the manager, Zinedine Zidane, and the main star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Florentino Pérez needs to think very well what to do, because it will be very difficult to repeat the recent years success.