The sixth edition of the International Champions Cup is set to get underway this summer but the Portuguese star is yet to sort out his future with Real Madrid.
Speculations about a move away from Real Madrid is once again ubiquitous in the camp of Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, after achieving the historic fate of winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Spanish club, announced that it was possibly time to seek another adventure. With him earning less than the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr in wages, many perceived his claim to be just one of his annual negotiation schemes to land himself another contract extension.
Cristiano Ronaldo to participate in 2018 ICC as a Juventus player?
However, the developments in recent weeks suggest otherwise as Juventus seems to be leading the pack to secure the signature of the want-away 33-year-old forward. The Italian giants have reportedly submitted a bid of 100 million euros which, if accepted, will bring an end to Cristiano’s nine years of service at the Bernabeu. For the player, a lucrative wage package said to be worth 30 million euros a year for five years is being lined up to make his stay in Turin a comfortable one.
A twist in the narrative came about when an editorial by Spanish publication MARCA inferred that the Portuguese forward is not on the list of players Real Madrid will allow to leave the club should a substantial offer be tabled. Following Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup in Russia, the former Manchester United player kicked off the month of July with summer vacations.
Will he join new coach Julen Lopetegui and the rest of the squad for the preseason preparations in the United States in a few weeks? As of the latest transfer rumors on July 6th, the answer is looking like a big “NO”.
So then, will he play in the 2018 ICC at all? In much candor, his appearance will very much depend on the stance him or Real Madrid will take in the next few weeks. Should the tables turn and Los Blancos decide to let the Portuguese skipper go (which they are rumored to be considering should Ronaldo state his intentions to leave publicly and hand in a transfer request), then he will most likely not be involved in the ICC for the Spanish giants.
Nevertheless, he might still make an appearance at the tournament which will take place between July 20 and August 11 but, this time, in black and white should he agree to terms with Juventus. The Italian club, just like Real Madrid, will feature in the edition of the tournament being hosted in the United States. Who knows, he might even make his first appearance against Los Blancos when they take on the Old Ladies at the FedEx Field in Maryland on August 4.
A look at Juventus’ International Champions Cup 2018 fixtures:
July 25: Juventus vs Bayern Munich
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
July 28: Juventus vs Benfica
Venue: Red Bull Arena, New Jersey
August 4: Juventus vs Real Madrid
Venue: Fedex Field, Washington, D.C.
Other confirmed pre-season friendly:
August 1: MLS All-Star vs Juventus
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Before purchasing tickets, Cristiano Ronaldo fans in the USA may want to closely monitor happenings surrounding the Juventus transfer saga. As of now, it appears the safest option is to purchase a Juventus vs Real Madrid ticket for the International Champions Cup match on August 4. With no injury to report and three to four weeks of good rest, CR7 should be fit and ready to represent one of the two sides on that day.