The Portuguese forward already became an instrumental player for the Italian Serie A side since his joining ahead of the 2018-19 football season. And now, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici disclosed the full story of Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from Real Madrid last year. Besides Ronaldo, Paratici also talked about the transfer speculation of Mauro Icardi.
The Bianconeri opted for Cristiano Ronaldo for a record-breaking $111 million last year. However, the winger already proved his worth at the club as he scored his 20th goal for Juventus a few days ago. Besides, he also secured his first Suppercoppa Italiana title with the club last month. It is now expected that he will lead the side to secure the Italian domestic title this year.
Cristiano Ronaldo with his Juventus teammates
While talking about Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer, Juventus director Fabio Paratici told Gazetta dello Sport, “It all started when we played vs Real Madrid in the Champions League.” He said “I met Jorge Mendes, like I always do and he told me: you may not believe it but if Cristiano leaves Real he’d want to join Juventus,” and added “Then I started to study the move. During the talks to close a deal for the phenomenal [Joao] Cancelo, Mendes looked at me and said: remember what we talked about?”
The director said “‘If you want him, he is ready’. Then, in our next meeting, I asked Mendes: so what figures are we talking about?” He added “He replied: this is the salary and this is the transfer fee. So I told him I would get back to him in a few days, because if I had said no, he would’ve contacted other clubs.” He said “There were hours of extreme tension and energy. Many thoughts started crossed my mind: we have Higuain who we’ll need to sell, but Ronaldo is a star who will open various channels: technical and commercial.”
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Fabio Paratici said “Finally I convinced myself that we must at least try. Up to this point, I had not told anything to anyone,” and added “I met with Andrea (Agnelli) and Pavel (Nedved) and we all agreed. We must give the entire environment a shock. A positive shock that can project Juventus to a new level.” He then said, “So, I told Agnelli and Nedved: I have an idea…but it is yet to be evaluated, so do not laugh and do not throw yourselves out of the window.”
The Juventus director said “There are two ways to galvanize the team: one which I cannot disclose now and the other is to sign Cristiano Ronaldo,” and added “The first way? It was to buy Icardi and unleash an incredible fiasco or we can sign Cristiano Ronaldo.” He then added “I told them: Mendes told me to tell you that if Juve wants Cristiano and meets his demands, he is going to come to Juventus. He does not want anyone else other than Juventus.”