Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus press conference: live
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Cristiano Ronaldo held his first press conference as a Juventus player on Monday and spoke about his ambitions with his new club, with whom he has signed a four-year-contract. The Serie A champions paid a total fee of 117 million euros for the 33-year-old and Ronaldo will earn 30 million euros per season at the Allianz Stadium, a considerable outlay but one that the Juve board hope will return La Vecchia Signora to the summit of European football.
Juve have not won the Champions League since 1996 and have been runners-up on five occasions since then. In the most recent of those finals in 2017, a Ronaldo double helped Real Madrid to victory and now Juve have added the five-times Ballon d’Or to their ranks he will be expected to lead the Italians to European glory as he has done at Madrid in recent years, winning four Champions Leagues in his past five seasons at the Bernabéu.
That Real Madrid made a profit on a player they broke the world transfer record for nine years ago is testament to Ronaldo’s enduring prowess on the pitch. His marketability will also give Italian football a boost in terms of international recognition with LaLiga and the Premier League enjoying the lion’s share of the sponsorship spoils and global television revenues in recent years.
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus presentation: as it happened
And that's the end of the conference! Ronaldo displays his number seven short for the cameramen and then sportingly lobs it to one of them.
"I'm looking forward to getting started and I wish the league started tomorrow. I'm someone who thrives on challenges and coming to Juventus is one. I'm ready and age doesn't matter," Ronaldo says.
How does Ronaldo feel about leaving Madrid after nine years?
"Not really, I've never focussed on that sort of debate. I'll try and do the best I can here. The media like the Messi comparisons but it's a team sport."
Ronaldo now being asked if he got a little tired of the Messi-Ronaldo comparisons...
"Not recently," Ronaldo replies. "He's someone I have in my heart and I have a lot of respect for him. We had a great time together at Madrid."
Has he been in touch with Carlo Ancelotti?
A big grin and Ronaldo replies: "I always want to try and be an example on and off the pitch. And on it I'll try and help Juve to win trophies."
How does it feel to be Cristiano Ronaldo, a role model for kids?
"I'm very happy that the club showed so much faith in me and it's a real honour for me to be here. It’s a big challenge in my career, a lot of players my age choose to go elsewhere with all due respect. It's a step up. I'll do everything I can to take Juve to greater heights."
Ask not what Juve can do for Ronaldo, what can Ronaldo do for Juventus?
"I haven't though about it," Ronaldo smiles. "I never thought about winning two or three and now I have five. I won one at Manchester United and at Real Madrid so why not here? But everything will come naturally and in its own good time."
Will it be more difficult or easier to win a Ballon d'Or at Juve?
"What I want now is to be successful with Juventus. I have come here to win. I'm ready and prepared."
"No," he replies. "It depends on the coach. We're playing some friendlies and the league starts next month so we'll see. I start training on July 30."
Is there a date for Ronaldo's debut?
Was Juve the only offer Ronaldo received this summer? "Yes," he chuckles, and that is that as he gives a look that suggests that line of questioning is closed.
"No," he replies. "How I got here isn't that important. I'm in good shape physically and mentally. I hadn't decided anything in Kiev. I'm different from other players, I'm 33 now but I'm really looking forward to this new stage in my career."
Now Ronaldo is being asked if he had decided to move to Juve when he said it had been nice playing for Real Madrid after the Champions League final?
"Yes, it was a beautiful moment for me. It doesn't happen often. This is a new adventure for me and I've been made to feel very welcome by everyone."
Ronaldo now being asked about the ovation he received from Juve fans after his overhaed kick last season.
"Of course I want to win it again, but not just the Champions League... the Scudetto as well, all of them. But we have to be patient, it's a very difficult tournament to win. Juve have been close many times but it's hard and we have to take everything in our stride, be patient and see what happens."
The Champions League... is Ronaldo confident of bringing it back to Juve?
"I've been lucky in my career and I'm looking forward to this new experience. It's a difficult challenge but what am I going to do? Sit around in a chair at home and count my trophies? I have confidence in my new teammates and I'm going to work hard to give the best of myself. I always want more."
Serie A is a tactical, physical league. Did that have any effect on Ronaldo's decision?
"Well, I had a great career at Real Madrid, we won everything, but it's now it's time for a new challenge. I'm happy, motivated, and I want to prove in Italy that I'm a top player. I don't have anything to prove, the numbers speak for themselves. But I don't want to get into a comfort zone, I was at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and now I'm ready for a new challenge."
There are millions of happy Juve fans and as many sad Real Madrid fans, what message has Ronaldo got for them?
"After playing at Sporting and Manchester, Real Madrid and now Juventus, this is a new challenge. I love playing football and I'm very happy to take on this new challenge. I'm very happy and full of confidence," Ronaldo replies.
Next up, what does Ronaldo hope to achieve after so much success in his career?
"It was an easy decision," Ronaldo says, "Juventus is one of the greatest teams in the world so it was an easy decision to make, it has a great coach, a great president and it's a great city."
Ronaldo has taken his seat... he's in a suit not a Juve tracksuit. A thumbs-up from the man himself. Hands go aloft in unison. First question... Why did yo udecide to come to Juventus?
We're about to get underway in Turin... Ronaldo expected at any moment.
Apparently Juventus sold 52 million euros worth of Cristiano Ronaldo shirts in the first 24 hours on sale. However, depending on the contract the club has with Adidas, most of the loot might have ended up in the kit manufacturer's pocket.
The press room at the Allianz Stadium is filling up as we await the arrival of the man of the moment.
According to Kaká, the reason behind Ronaldo's move to Turin is based on motivation, not money. "[He's probably thinking] I achieved everything I could with Real Madrid and now it's time to do something different to keep motivated," Ronaldo's former teammate said.
You may have wondered why Cristiano Ronaldo is tattoo free, unlike almost all of his fellow footballers, some of whom appear to have more ink than bare skin. The reason is that he's a blood donor, and there's a waiting period after getting a tattoo to ensure there's no risk of blood infections.
Just half an hour now to wait until we see Ronaldo (we guess) in the Juve colours as he speaks to the press.
The other three came in the 2013-14 group stage, when Real Madrid and Galatasaray finished ahead of Juventus in Group B. Suffice to say they'll be glad to have him on their side from now on.
Juventus have long suffered at the hands of the Portuguese in the Champions League. No side has conceded more against Ronaldo, who has bagged 10 against the Old Lady in seven games. Those include two in the 2017 final, two in the 2014-15 semi-finals and three in the quarter-finals this season. Juve have only once got past Real Madrid with Ronaldo on the opposing side, when they went through to the final only to lose to Barcelona.
About an hour to go now until Ronaldo will appear before the press for his first conference as a Juve player. We reckon it'll be approximately 74 seconds in before some brave journo utters the words "Florentino Pérez."
Apparently Juventus are planning to erect a statue of Ronaldo outside the stadium for fans to take pictures with. We think it is safe to assume they won't be hiring the same bloke who created the one at Madeira Airport when it was renamed in Ronaldo's honour...
Napoli of course have not won a Scudetto since the 1989-90 season, when Diego Maradona led them to Serie A glory. Ronaldo's arrival in Italy is being touted as on a par with El Pibe de Oro's move to Naples from Barcelona in 1984. The cost of that transfer was just under seven million pounds and was a world record at the time.
It could have been so different for Napoli, according to Aurelio De Laurentiis. Ronaldo reportedly expressed an interest in a move to the San Paolo, probably with a view to joining up with Ancelotti again after he publicly expressed his desire for the Italian to remain at Madrid in 2015, but the Napoli president said that the 350 million euro outlay Juve have made on the Portuguese "would have risked pushing the club towards bankruptcy."
Ronaldo will enjoy a reunion of sorts with his former boss Carlo Ancelotti in Serie A. The Italian is back in the hunt for the Scudetto after taking over at Napoli and will in all likelihood go head-to-head with his former player for the title this season.
Ronaldo is one Champions League short of Paco Gento's record of six and will have the opportunity at Juventus to achieve a feat only player in history has before: winning the competition with three different clubs. That man was Clarence Seedorf, who lifted the trophy with Ajax in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998 and Milan in 2003 and 2007.
Juventus have been installed as second favourites to win the Champions League after Ronaldo's transfer, more or less neck-and-neck with Barcelona and Man City currently the narrow favourites to lift old big ears next season. Real Madrid have slipped to fourth with most bookies despite winning the thing three times in a row.
Among the many issues facing new Real boss Julen Lopetegui is whether to sign a new superstar forward or stick with what he's got. One player who won't be in the running to replace Ronaldo is France international Kylian Mbappé, who said after winning the World Cup on Sunday that he would be staying at PSG.
While the likes of World Cup finalist Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuaín many be wondering quite where they now fit into the scheme of things at Juventus, Ronaldo's departure has opened up a few doors at Real Madrid. Who will benefit most from the now vacant left wing position? And who will assume the number seven shirt? We can think of one player who won't be too sorry to see the Portuguese leave.
Ronaldo may not have to wait too long to score his first goal against his club as a Juve player. Real Madrid and the Old Lady are due to meet in a pre-season friendly in Washington DC on August 5, a game we think it safe to assume Florentino Pérez will be giving a wide berth.
Juventus's coup may well be Real Madrid's loss, according to the man who signed him, former Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón, who has maintained a war of words with his predecessor, Florentino Pérez, ever since he stepped down in 2009. "Selling Cristiano is not good news, either for 100 million or a billion. But it is true that we put a clause of a billion euros to discourage those interested in him in the future, but at the same time, to show that there was no other player like him. It's a historic error,” Calderón said.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be officially unveiled as a Juventus player this afternoon after completing his move from Real Madrid to the Italian champions. We'll be bringing you all the news as it unfolds and covering his press conference live, which is due to take place at 18:30 CEST.
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