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Cristiano Ronaldo set to join Juventus for €m transfer fee – video report Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €m (£m) fee for the Portugal. CRISTIANO RONALDO. What more can you say about Cristiano Ronaldo? The complete player and one of the greatest footballers that the game has ever seen.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's goals during the World Cup. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time.

But they're on the hook for him until June , when he'll be 36 years old. This is already a veteran squad, and the last thing you want is a situation in which everybody gets old all of a sudden. They haven't made a Galactico -type signing since Gareth Bale, and that was five years ago. If you bring in another superstar, they're going to want assurances about where they stand vis-a-vis Ronaldo.

Then there is the financial aspect. It's purely a numbers game, but there's obviously a price at which you would let him go. Obviously, Florentino Perez doesn't want to be remembered as the Real Madrid president who sold Ronaldo, but if he himself wants to go and the price is right, I don't think he'd mind. That's obviously a far more realistic price, and like I said, if Ronaldo wants to leave, then Florentino could argue there was nothing he could do about it The other big benefit to Mendes and Real Madrid is that it effectively sets a price at least psychologically in the eyes of potential suitors, and it sends the message that both Ronaldo and the club are willing to entertain offers.

There's a very limited number of clubs that could afford him, so you can read this as a wake-up call to them. You said it has been a while since Real Madrid signed a Galactico. I've seen them linked to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Yeah, this happens time and again, though PSG insist neither is going anywhere. But there are two things that could change that. One is a mega-offer of the sort Real Madrid used to put together. I'd imagine they'd need to sell a prize asset to get it done, whether it's Ronaldo or maybe Bale. This is where it gets complicated, so bear with me.

The following three-year period, in which those deals kicked in, have yet to be reviewed, and on top of that, the "green light" they got for the original three-year period is under review, with the head of UEFA's Club Financial Control Body asking the Adjudicatory Chamber to take a look at it.

It's sort of double jeopardy there. If UEFA crack down, they might have to sell one of them, but we're in the realm of hypotheticals. I'm sure Juve would love to have him, and it's entirely plausible that he was discussed when Beppe Marotta met Jorge Mendes a few weeks ago to sign another Mendes client, Joao Cancelo. But the numbers have to work, and I'm not sure those numbers do. That's around 40 percent of Juve's current wage bill.

Then you'd need to amortize the fee over the duration of his contract, plus, given his age, there would be very little resale value. Therefore, Juve would need to shed a number of players not just Gonzalo Higuain and increase their revenues substantially to manage it without falling foul of Financial Fair Play. They already sell out their stadium regularly and can't squeeze more out of the box office. Serie A rights for the next three seasons have already been sold, too, while their Champions League income is already almost fully maxed out.

The only area where they could grow significantly in revenue is commercially. I'm also not sure how Max Allegri, who is only Juve's coach, feels about this. Like I said, at the right price, they'd jump all over Ronaldo, but he would have to be the one to want to leave.

And it has to be the right price. Yes, but then you'd need to look at clubs who can both afford him and might plausibly want him to the point that they tie themselves up for another three-plus years. And that's not a long list. Roma appeared to be coasting to a much-needed victory after defeat to AC Milan and a draw with Atalanta.

But Valter Birsa reduced the deficit shortly after the break with a magnificent curled strike and Chievo equalized seven minutes from time when Mariusz Stepinski fired in a rebound. Gonzalo Higuain also got off the mark for his new club but AC Milan was held to a draw at Cagliari. Joao Pedro marked his comeback from a doping ban with an early goal but Higuain — who moved from Juventus in the off-season — levelled in the 55th, rounding the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net.

Poland international Krzysztof Piatek scored his fourth goal in three matches to give Genoa a win over Bologna, which had midfielder Erick Pulgar sent off in stoppage time for a harsh tackle on Romulo.

Ronaldo scores first two goals for Juventus in win over Sassuolo Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his first goal with Juventus. Associated Press September 16, , Parma stuns Inter Milan for 1st win since return to Serie A.

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Ronaldo's people have trotted out the old line about "not feeling loved" at the Bernabeu. He scored in the final in Cardiff and he knocked them out in the quarters this year.

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But there are two things that could change that.

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