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Cristiano and Juventus: many titles, little affection

Cristiano and Juventus: many titles, little affection

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus parted ways after three seasons marked by six titles and many records, but stained by failure in the Champions League and by the lack of affection between the player and the club’s environment.

The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, the club where he won his first Ballon d’Or and the first of his five Champions Leagues, is the new and unexpected chapter of an already historic transfer market this year after that of Argentine Lionel Messi for Paris Saint Germain after a life at Barcelona and for the record transfer of Belgian Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan to Chelsea.

Two “Scudetti” (Serie A title), an Italian Cup, two Italian Super Cups, a title of top league scorer were the trophies won by Cristiano at Juventus, in a stage in which he lacked the great objective of ending to the obsession of the Turin club to lift the European Cup.

CR7, who still had a one-year contract with Juventus, with a net salary of 31 million euros, left the club with a balance of 101 goals in 134 games and his last match was played last Saturday, in a 2- draw. 2 in the Udinese field, in which the VAR annulled the target of the possible victory in the last minute.

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LA CHILENA DE JUVENTUS-REAL MADRID, WHEN IT ALL STARTED

The legendary Chilean scored Gianluigi Buffon in the 2018 Champions League quarterfinals, when Cristiano visited Juventus as a Real Madrid player, it was when the spark that led to his signing for the Turin team originated.

The Juventine fans at Allianz Stadium gave him a heartfelt applause for a goal that entered the history of football. Cristiano, who had long had doubts about his continuity at Real Madrid, understood at that moment that Juventus could be his new home. And in fact, a few months later, the Portuguese arrived in Turin for 117 million euros, the most expensive signing in the history of Italian football.

In his first year at Juventus, Cristiano scored 28 goals, won the league title and the Italian Super Cup, and possibly experienced his highest moment of his Turin spell, in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

THE ATHLETIC TRIPLET, THE HIGHEST MOMENT

After losing 0-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of the round of 16, Cristiano led Juventus to the quarterfinals with a historic hat-trick at the Allianz Stadium. The Portuguese, who had just won three consecutive Champions Leagues with Madrid, was confirmed as a true talisman in that competition and received an astonishing ovation from his fans.

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But the European path of Juventus ended in the next round, against Ajax, a rival completely within reach of the Turin team, and Cristiano experienced his first deep disappointment as a “bianconero”.

The following years saw a deep slump at Juventus, which saw their sporting ambitions diminish after the departure of coach Massimiliano Allegri. The Juventine sports management team opted for Maurizio Sarri and, later, for Andrea Pirlo, to give the club a more offensive mentality, without achieving the desired result.

Cristiano continued to score many goals, 37 in 2019 and 36 in 2020, but Juventus said goodbye in both seasons in the round of 16 of the European Cup: a serious sporting and economic failure for a club that began to suffer serious losses, aggravated for the coronavirus pandemic.

ELIMINATION BEFORE PORTO, THE LOWEST MOMENT

If in the 2019-2020 academic year, and despite the fact that Juventus surrendered in the round of 16 of the European Cup against Lyon, Cristiano did “his homework” by endorsing a great double against the French team, in the just finished season the Portuguese he hardly had joys in “Champions”.

For the first time in fifteen years he said goodbye to the European Cup without scoring in the knockout phase. He scored four goals in the group stage and was completely ruled out in the knockout double match lost against Porto.

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Of course, CR7 sealed a tremendous personal record, by becoming, with his brace against Inter Milan in February, the top scorer in football history ahead of Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento, ‘Pelé’, and Czechoslovakian Josef Bica , both with 762 points.

GOODBYE TO JUVENTUS, FROM “IMPOSSIBLE” TO REALITY

After finishing last year with a Super Cup title and an Italian Cup, Cristiano made the decision to leave Juventus, in which he no longer felt comfortable. CR7 saw an uncompetitive squad at European level and missed once again being the absolute protagonist in Europe.

Despite the fact that the Juventine directive repeatedly assured in recent months that Cristiano would stay “absolutely” at Juventus, this Friday, in the space of a few hours, a historic exit took place.

Cristiano chose Manchester United, the club in which he began to forge his legend, to regain the scepter of king of Europe.

His time at Juventus comes to an end supported by the titles, but not by the pure love that marked his time in England and the glorious nine years of Madrid. EFE (HN)

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