Cristiano’s crossroads

Cristiano’s season has ended with another disappointment. The undeserved elimination in the European Championship against Belgium enraged the Portuguese, who left the field throwing the bracelet to the ground and even kicking it. A gesture that expressed his anger, understandable for a born winner like him, and that closes a complicated course. At Juve, in fact, things were not much better for him. He won the Cup and the Super Cup, but he was never fighting for the scudetto and, in the Champions League, came a humiliating elimination against Porto after which he lived against Ajax and Lyon. The Bianconeri also avoided the humiliation of playing the Europa League next season only on the last day, thanks to an absurd draw between Naples and Verona. That despite his 36 goals in 44 presences and having celebrated the Serie A Capocannoniere title for the first time (with 29 goals).

The certainty, as this newspaper has explained for months, is that the forward wants to leave Italy. His priority was to return to Madrid, but he found the doors closed and now it’s time to find another destination. In addition to Manchester United, which has not yet made a move, the option of PSG remains. AS advanced in April the idea that meditate the French entity and Juve: an exchange of cards, with CR7 under the Eiffel Tower and Mauro Icardi in Turin.

The idea is still alive and the Vecchia Signora would realize it without problems, since getting rid of the 60 million gross that Ronaldo costs would be a relief. Everything will depend on the plans of the PSG. With Messi getting closer to renewal at Barça, if Mbappé finally leaves, signing Ronaldo would be the most sensible and quick option. Juve rates his transfer at 28 million; but that, thanks to Icardi, that will not be a problem. Cristiano’s salary would remain, 30 million net, but the Parisians (especially without Mbappé) would easily find an agreement with the striker. In order to leave, the striker is willing to lower his salary to start a new adventure that allows him to fight again for the Champions League and Ballon d’Or, goals that he could not even touch at Juventus.

The Italian club changed managers three times in three years and Ronaldo, annoyed with a project that did not have technical constancy, left clear signals about his will. If a year ago, at the end of the course, he posted on Instagram an image asking Juve “to live up to what their fans are asking for”, this time, in May, launched another that knew much more to farewell. During the Eurocup, in addition, he did not want to deny his departure, stating that, whatever happens, “it will be for the best.” All this, together with the return of Max Allegri (a technician whom he criticized between the lines after the arrival of Sarri), suggests an inevitable goodbye, but at Juve they still have no certainties and are waiting for Jorge Mendes’ call. CR7 at 36 is looking for the last top adventure before closing his circle by returning to Sporting, but could be forced to stay in Italy, respecting the last year of his contract that remains. Your agent will try to avoid it.