Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Spain to Juventus for £100 million. Here is how he has transformed the Old Lady in just a week.
£100m does not seem imposing in sporting amounts these days. Even when bringing in a 33-year-old. Because this man is special.
There are psychological factors, as well as physical improvement. A combination of manager Massimiliano Allegri’s wit and his new player’s traits, is a vividly delectable vision.
What Ronaldo achieves on the pitch is worth his fee. The inspiration and confidence he instills in teammates at training and the dressing room justifies his apparent £26m yearly salary. His presence in and around the Allianz is outstandingly positive.
A beneficial anomaly
Nothing or no one is comparable to Ronaldo. Riding his wave is impossible. Lionel Messi is a more retiring specimen, with as much unfathomable talent. Yet the Portuguese has unparalleled magnetism.
Can he ironically end Madrid’s four consecutive Champions League wins and realise his sixth triumph – simultaneously lifting a fifth in a row; but with Le Zebre instead?
Juve have never signed someone of the former Los Blancos star’s fame, price or standing. Yes they’ve had superstars there. But as Independent rightly states: ‘French duo, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane reached their pinnacle while playing in Turin.’
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However as the dust settles, the owners will surely register and be influenced by the resulting figures attributed to the addition. Seven of the 10 most expensive club signings are present squad members. Yet none made so many impressionable influences.
Since announcing Ronaldo’s inclusion, Juventus’ social media gained three million extra subscribers, just this past weekend. Astonishing. While shirt sales have paid off an estimated 50% of the transfer cost already.
In that same amount of time, and arguably most importantly, the club’s’ share price rose 34.8 per cent. That number is staggeringly indicative of the need to spend in order to be a footballing superpower. In addition to the fact that Ronaldo is a king-maker; or kingdom maker in this instance.
You can’t please everyone
Naturally it is impossible to satisfy all involved. Andrea Agnelli is the undisputed capo di tutti capi, or, boss of all bosses in Turin. The Agnelli family own Fiat, along with Juventus. A Champions League title is most desired – expenditure is unavoidable.
Fiat workers held strikes on Sunday through Tuesday and stuck posters around the City in an attempted protest. Disgruntled emotion derived as full employment has not yet materialise and salary won’t benefit from the huge amount invested in Ronaldo’s arrival, according to Daily Mail.
Is Juve the correct destination for Ronaldo?