Unless you live under a rock, you now know the biggest soccer news of the day. No, it’s not France beating Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup semi-final; it’s Cristiano Ronaldo making a blockbuster move from Real Madrid to Juventus. Ronaldo is coming off of his third consecutive Champions League title in Madrid. He has also won back-to-to Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo has been in the Spanish capital since the summer of 2009 and will leave as one of, if not the, storied clubs greatest ever players. In his time at Real Madrid, CR7 has been nothing short of amazing, having scored 450 goals in 438 games, winning 2 La Liga titles, 4 Champions League titles, 2 Copa del Rays, and 4 Ballon d’Or Awards.
Juventus, much like Ronaldo, have had a lot of success in recent years. They have won 7 consecutive Serie A titles, 4 consecutive Coppa Italias, and have reached the Champions League final in 2 of the past 4 seasons.
Securing the signature of one of the world’s two greatest players (now isn’t the time for a Messi v. Ronaldo debate. #TeamMessi tho) is obviously massive for Juventus. They come into next year with 7 straight Serie A victories, and they have now secured the Serie A trophy for the next four years. They have also boosted their Champions League hopes, as they could even be seen as favorites for next year’s competition.
What the move means for Real Madrid, is a loss of a lot of fans, and by nature, a lot of fans added for Juventus. So far today, the Juventus twitter account has gained 18,634 followers (their English account gained just over 8,000), a significant jump. This also means that Real Madrid will be very active in the transfer market. So, tell your team to hide your best attacker, as Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez has his checkbook out.
What Ronaldo’s move really means though, is no more Ronaldo v. Messi El Classicos. Yes, it is a disappointment knowing they won’t play each other often, but just imagine how great it will be if Barca and Juve meet in the Champions League.