The captain of Portugal’s national team will now join his former club Manchester United following much speculation about his future after he made it clear he wasn’t happy in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus has been met with an avalanche of comments on social media, with some football fans labelling the forward’s time in Turin “an absolute disaster” and “a waste of money and time.”
Juventus signed the Portuguese player in 2018 for €100 million and it seems the hefty price tag weighed heavily on him as he tried to prove his worth. One the one hand, Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 appearances, while also making the club a really attractive bet for investors. But on the other, analysts believe that he was a massive financial and emotional burden for Juve, which couldn’t afford to sign any other expensive players in improve the team and ultimately win the Champions League.
So, following the announcement that Manchester United had reached an agreement with the Old Lady to sign the Portuguese star, the Bianconeri fell suspiciously silent on social media, while Ronaldo fans demanded they at least pay tribute to the forward.
Others, however, seem pretty pleased about the end of Ronaldo and Juve’s fling.
Many Juve fans also couldn’t help but point out that Ronaldo made a spelling mistake in one of the simplest and most common Italian words in the country in his farewell Instagram message:
“This guy spent three years in Italy, didn’t learn a word of Italian and says goodbye with a message where grazie is spelled wrong,” sports journalist Siavoush Fallahi joked, sharing a screenshot of Ronaldo’s message.
To some, the mistake was just another example of the footballer’s strained relations with Juve and its fanbase. Nevertheless, Ronaldo earned big bucks at the club, with his annual salary varying between €31 million and €60 million, according to estimates.
With Manchester United, his former team, Ronaldo is reportedly expected to make only £50 million (€58) in two years, while the transfer is said to have cost Man United €25m.