The transfer window exploded into life this week after Serie A champions, Juventus, announced one of the biggest deals in football history. The Old Lady secured the signature of 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, for a reported club record fee of £100m – which also represents the highest transfer fee by any Italian club.
The 33-year-old record goal scorer for Real Madrid won four Champions League titles and two La Liga titles during his 9-years with Los Blancos. Juve will be hoping that CR7 can bring this Champions League winning mentality to Turin, having failed to win the trophy since 1996.
In a statement released by Ronaldo he said that “the time has come to open a new stage in my life, that’s why I asked the club to accept transferring me.” Ronaldo will be remembered as one of, if not the greatest player to play for Real Madrid – having scored a phenomenal 451 goals in 438 games.
In his 4-year contract Ronaldo is set to make an eye-watering €120,000,000 in wages, which works out to be €1.03 per second. The £100m deal was made possible by the Agnelli family who owns almost 30% of Fiat through an investment holding, Exor. The Agnellis also own 64% of Juventus. The decision from Fiat to help finance the transfer has caused outrage in Italy and staff are now threatening to strike. Fiat has made thousands of lay-offs in Italy over the past few years, due to a lack of new models and workers in the small USB Lavoro Privato union say the money spent on Ronaldo would have been better used to invest in the company.
Madrid will be on the hunt for a new superstar to replace CR7, with Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar on the shortlist.