Cristiano Ronaldo hints at departure
In a career which has spanned many football fans’ entire lives, Cristiano Ronaldo still doesn’t intend on letting his spell in the game end.
Having just helped his side rescue a very poor season by finishing in 4th spot, securing Champions League football for the next campaign in the process, Ronaldo may be looking to leave Turin.
The door to Real Madrid appears closed, Juventus have not yet had their say on the situation and Manchester United supporters are more focused on a deal for Jadon Sancho.
But what does Ronaldo think?
TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
After the conclusion of the season, Ronaldo took to his Instagram page to put a lengthy message. A message that when read, feels like a chapter concluding.
‘The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs. Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels.
‘This year we couldn’t win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well-deserved title. However, I have to value everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms. The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the Serie A Top Scorer trophy fill me with happiness, mainly due to the difficulty they carry with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.
‘With these achievements, I reached a goal that I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the Championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and Top Scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.
‘I’ve already said that I don’t chase records, records chase me. For those who don’t understand what I mean by this, it’s very simple: football is a collective game, but it is through individual overcoming that we help our teams achieve their goals. It is always looking for more and more on the field, working more and more off the field, that records eventually emerge and collective titles become inevitable, some being the natural consequence of the other.
‘So, I’m very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Best Player in England, Spain and Italy; Best Scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy. Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented. This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I’ll always keep chasing for until the last day.
‘Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey! We stand together!’
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What could this mean?
Italian journalist Luca Momblano explains the belief that this is a farewell statement.
— Momblano Official (@MomblanOfficial) May 24, 2021
“There is something different: last year everything was blocked by Covid, there was not even time to change,” he said.
“We need to understand what the market offers. There will not be a bloodbath on Ronaldo, it will not be made a loss as with Higuaín”
“Ronaldo’s attitude is much more cautious than the Juventus environment.”
There had been links that Ronaldo could return to play for his former club Sporting Lisbon in his native Portugal.
Sporting have just lifted the title and Ronaldo could aim to help them lift back-to-back league titles. Adding that accolade to the list he mentioned above.