Cristiano Ronaldo’s greed made Juventus worse than they have been in a decade, Insider claim.
When Ronaldo joined the Italian club in 2019, he vowed to give Juventus its first Champions League title since 1996.
With this promise, CR7 transferred from Real Madrid for a Serie A record of $149 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Greed Made Juventus Worse
Furthermore, when Juventus first signed Ronaldo, the club agreed to pay him $404 million. This would be the payout in transfer fees and wages over the course of just four seasons.
Due to such a huge financial portion going to just one player, Juventus actually ended Ronaldo’s first season in loss. They suffered a $48 million loss, but this was just the beginning.
According to Statista, the club lost $109 million the following season.
And finally, to top it all off, the club has already reported losses of $138 million this season.
Although the global COVID-19 pandemic played a role in these accumulating losses, Ronaldo’s astronomical $38 million annual wages haven’t helped.
For one, his weighty salary has crippled Juventus from investing in other players, in other areas of the pitch.
Juve has invested a total of $84 million on new talent in the three years since Ronaldo’s signing.
While that may still seem a lot, the club actually spent $118 million in the previous three years.
That’s a $34 million gap, or, in other terms, just $4 million less than Ronaldo’s annual salary at the time.
Ronaldo’s Promise Broken
“After winning what I won at Madrid I needed a change and new motivation,” Ronaldo said, back when Juventus signed him. “I still have the strength to keep winning.”
“Juventus will win the Champions League,” he promised (albeit vaguely). “I don’t know if it’ll be this year or the next, but it’s coming.”
However, Juventus have not won the Champions League in the two years since.
Indeed, now, almost two years after his making the promise, Juve are further from the tournament than ever before.
They’re on the verge of missing out on a qualification into the competition for the first time in a decade. And a large part of it is due to Ronaldo.
Juventus are currently fifth on the Serie A table. With the top four teams of any domestic top-flight qualifying, they are one spot away from a Champions League spot.
Now, for Juve, it all depends on the teams above dropping points in the final three games of the season.
Juve will also face current leaders Inter Milan in what could be a tricky run-in.
After all, Inter and an in-form Sassuolo prevented Juventus from winning the championship for the first time in ten years.
While head coach Andrea Pirlo has been chastised for Juventus’ poor season, several fingers have been pointed at Cristiano Ronaldo. And rightly so.