Three major factors that could hold up Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus transfer


Per the mainstream reportage, the transfer is almost done but, all things being equal, it is far from sealed.

It’s been a busy week for all among Real Madrid, Juventus and Ronaldo fans with the future of the 33-year-old superstar yet to be decided. Latest development circulating on a host of media outlets suggests that the Portuguese forward has agreed to personal terms with the Turin club.

According to the Sky Sports’ reliable Fabrizio Romano, should the transfer which looks more concrete than ever be completed, Ronaldo is expected to earn €30 million per season until June 2022. All that is left is for Real Madrid to honor their end of the bargain and let the player leave.

For now, it remains unclear whether that will be the case but here are the possible scenarios which could hamper one of the shocking deals ever pulled-off in the history of football.

1. Real Madrid holding out for Cristiano Ronaldo’s 1 billion euros release clause

Cristiano Ronaldo, being Real Madrid’s most-priced asset, has a billion euro release clause inserted in his contract. Florentino Perez, knowing that this day might possibly come around, might be having the last laugh as he now has all the bargaining chips in his hands.

Should the fee be settled by Juventus, it will certainly make the 222 million euros paid by PSG for Neymar’s signature look like peanuts. However, in reality, no team can actually afford to break the bank to that extent. A few could, but expect the officials from UEFA’s Financial Fair Play to knock on your door the following day.

What this means is that Real Madrid will keep referring to the exorbitant figure as the cost of their star man until a firm and substantial offer from Juventus arrives. As often flaunted around in papers in recent times, Cristiano Ronaldo will not depart from the Spanish capital without Los Blancos getting anything equal to or more than 100 million euros.

For a 33-year-old, that might sound like a steal but knowing Ronaldo’s prowess, Juventus will more or less be getting the better deal in every sense. The share price of the Italian club soared after mere rumors of his move gathered steam. Imagine if he actually signs!

2. A late bid from Manchester United to hijack the ongoing deal

Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo departed from Manchester United, the possibility of him returning someday is one that fans of the club have dreamed about the most. The English club is known to be a long-time admirer of the one-time prodigy and a U-turn to the club would not be the strangest things we have seen in football so far.

In retrospect, Jose Mourinho – who once hinted at the club’s interest in his compatriot – declared that a move for him from Real Madrid is simply impossible. With him angling for a move away, will this be the time for him to strike? Rumors emanating on Saturday suggests that Manchester United is actually considering the idea of submitting a late bid for the signature of the want-away striker.

According to La Stampa, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is trying to use his good relationship with the club to get them involved. To some, he might not exactly fit the profile of a player the club needs after years of rebuilding post-Sir Alex Ferguson. However, should this hold any water, then it is certainly going to be a long period of back and forth negotiations among all the parties involved.

3. FIAT workers fuming at company’s decision to subsidize Ronaldo’s wages

Juventus alone may have the financial capacity to pull off the deal for Ronaldo but, again, the FFP might pull through if they smell any breach. With that being the case, the burden of the club was eased when automakers FIAT agreed to bankroll part of the wages set to be awarded to the Real Madrid superstar.

According to Italian paper Sport Mediaset, they have offered to do so via a sponsorship deal. FIAT reportedly owns 29.18% of the Agnelli family’s businesses [Andrea Agnelli is the president of Juventus and also a board member of Fiat and Exor] through the investment company Exor N.V. – who has a 63.77% ownership right in Juventus.

This, in turn, has caused an uproar among workers of the automaker who are baffled at the amount of money the firm is looking to splash on one person.

“After Higuain [Gonzalo], now Cristiano Ronaldo is coming?”, the workers complained.

“It’s embarrassing. The workers at Fiat haven’t had a wage increase in ten years. With Cristiano’s wages, you could give every worker a €200 pay rise.

“In these ten years, we’ve lost 10.7% due to inflation that we’ve never gotten back. And now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA, is spending €126 million annually in sponsorship, €26.5 million of which is for Juventus.”

Will a deal as huge as this be marred by the rantings of the masses? That’s quite unlikely. However, in such cases, nothing can be taken for granted.


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