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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus issued shock warning after completing Real Madrid transfer

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus issued shock warning after completing Real Madrid transfer
11 Jul
2:23

The Portuguese forward completed a move from Real Madrid to Juventus yesterday for a fee believed to be between £88million and £105m.

He leaves the Spanish capital after four Champions League wins in the last five years and having become the club’s all-time top goalscorer in a sensational nine-year spell at the Bernabeu.

Juve are hoping that the 33-year-old superstar can help lead them back to the pinnacle of European football themselves having gone without a triumph in the continent’s premier competition since 1996.

Ronaldo is the Champions League’s top scorer with 120 goals and managed 15 in the competition last term – the seventh straight season he has managed double digits.

Yet ESPN’s Burley – formerly of Chelsea – has suggested that the clock may already be ticking on Ronaldo’s stellar performance levels.

That’s in spite of Ronaldo having managed to adapt his game as he has aged in order to become a deadly finisher and still maintain his jaw-dropping goalscoring exploits.

“It’s great for Italian football, it’s great for Juventus,” Burley said on Ronaldo’s move.

“It’s come at a big cost financially – I don’t know if they can crunch the numbers and make it work, obviously they think they can.

“It’s a win-win. They get a guy who might have a year or two left in him. 

“This is the way the game’s going. People are not looking to always buy players at 22-23 for a sell-on. Clearly that’s not the case.

“And Real Madrid get an unbelievable amount of money for somebody of his age, albeit someone with a goalscoring status that is absolutely crazy. 

“I think everybody’s happy here. He’s got what he wants, Juventus have got a star player, one of the best and Real Madrid can now move in a slightly different direction and they’ve got £100m or whatever it is.”

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