Will Ronaldo lead Juventus to glory?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer news was undoubtedly the biggest news for football fans around the world. It took almost everyone’s attention. Former Real Madrid forward and Portuguese national player Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time. He is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed on a €100m (£88.3m) fee for him with Real Madrid. The 33-year-old is ready for a new challenge after nine years at Real and asked the La Liga club to let him go. But, the main question is, will he lead Juventus to the same glory as he ledReal to?
Ronaldo at Manchester United
In 2003, Ronaldo joined Manchester United, since then it was a dream career for the 33-year-old. In his 6 years at MU, he scored a total of 118 goals and 14 UCL goals. At Manchester United, he was just an 18 year old and most of his games were centred on his skills, speed, constant dribbles and scoring only spectacular goals.
Ronaldo at Real Madrid
In 2009, he joined Real Madrid. Moving to Real Madrid was just like entering adulthood in his life's cycle, and this time, he had to leave all the shows, incessant and unnecessary dribbles and playing to the gallery. He was deployed more to the right flanks at Madrid and this helped him to score more goals. In Madrid he became a goal-scoring machine, netting a club record of 450 goals in 438 matches. He scored a total of 104 UCL goals in 9 seasons compared to his 14 UCL goals in 6 Manchester united seasons. The 33-year-old scored 44 goals in 44 games last season to helpReal Madrid to a third Champions League win in a row, and his arrival at Juventus would be a massive difference to the Italian giant. In last Champions League quarter-final, Real Madrid and Juventus were against each other. He scored twice in Turin, including a stunning bicycle kick, and converted a 97th-minute penalty at the Bernabeu to send Real through Champions League semi-final on their way to winning their third consecutive European title.
Serie A may have been the biggest league in the world back in the 90s and early 00s, but Ronaldo would be by far the biggest name lured to the Italian top flight in a long, long time. He would definitely make the difference to the team. Juventus already looks good on paper and performs well in almost every season but lacks that fire which could lead them to victory and Ronaldo was that fire to Real Madrid. But, individual talent is one thing and team coordination and unity are another. Although Juventus have dominated the Serie A, winning the last seven league titles. The Italian Golden Boot race has always been close. Last season, Marco Icardi and Circo Immobile both scored 29 goals to lead the league. With Ronaldo in the league now, he may have a chance to score the most goals, as Juventus will be heavy favourites in most games.
Ronaldo's arrival has largely been seen as an attempt to win the Champions League, the 33-year-old having helped Madrid to the title four times in the last five years. Nonetheless, if Ronaldo keeps winning titles and scoring goals at a prolific pace, it will be hard to deny his G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) status. He can help solidify his claim if he wins against Juventus, especially in the Champions League. Juventus hasn’t won the Champions League in over 20 years, despite reaching the finals several times the past two decades. A Ronaldo-led Juventus Champions League-winning squad could possibly cement Ronaldo’s legacy as the best to ever play.
Despite his stature, his commitment towards his team and his fitness would surely pump up the energy level of the team. It would be interesting watching Juventus against Real Madrid in the champions league.
P.S. – This all is coming from a Messi
BY- Pallav Singh