Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on his desire to complete a move to Serie A Champions Juventus for a fee believed to be around £88m.
Ronaldo prompted questions about his future after their 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool in Kiev, promising an announcement “soon.”
The former United hitman cast serious doubt on his future in Madrid moments after winning a third successive Champions League in Kiev and Juventus appear to be testing the club’s resolve as he angles for an improved contract.
It now appears Juventus have made the first move to lure him away from the club he joined from Manchester United in 2009. The Portuguese international would command very high wages, even at the age of 33.
Real president Florentino Perez will take the final decision on Ronaldo’s future. If he decides to cash in, Juventus are set to offer the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a lucrative contract to leave the Bernabeu.
The Old Ladies of Turin are confident selling Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain will help them pay what would be the first installment of his transfer fee, and Juventus sponsors Fiat could help pay his wages. Ronaldo’s switch to the Italian Champions has been linked to the bond he’s developed with Juve fans following his Champions League heroics which received plaudits.
The Portuguese skipper couldn’t add to his impressive goal tally(4 goals) at the World Cup due to his team’s failure to beat second-round opponents Uruguay, Edinson Cavani’s brace was enough to win the game for the South Americans despite Pepe’s grabbing what ended as a consolation goal for his team.