Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Close to Joining Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo by James Marsh/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9624959bc)

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly close to leaving Real Madrid, with his next destination being Italy’s most successful club, Juventus. While this may seem unbelievable at this point, there are numerous reports coming from respectable media outlets like Goal and Sky Sports that confirm these claims.

According to the reports, Real Madrid wants to keep Cristiano Ronaldo but the Portuguese superstar (and five-time Ballon d’Or winner) wants out. After several unsuccessful attempts to repair the relationship with Ronaldo, Real finally caved in and is ready to let the player go for around $116 million. Juventus is ready to spend that kind of money right away, and they also managed to get Ronaldo to accept a four-year, $35 million contract.

Despite enjoying major success with the club, Cristiano Ronaldo has become unhappy with Real Madrid in recent months. He reportedly feels like the club doesn’t give him the respect he deserves and is hurt by the fact that they started looking for his replacement. Ronaldo was also promised a new deal last season according to sources but failed to get one until now.

This isn’t the first time for Juventus to try and acquire Cristiano Ronaldo. Italian giants have tried to get Ronaldo when he was a teenager playing for Sporting, but the transfer broke down since Marcelo Salas, who was offered in exchange, refused to go to Portugal.