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On today’s Explained, we take a look at where Cristiano Ronaldo could go next, and assess which club would suit him the most.
Three years on from his €100million move to Juventus, the sixth-most expensive transfer in history at the time, Cristiano Ronaldo is at another crossroads. With just a year remaining on his contract in Turin, speculation is growing that the Portuguese maestro could leave Italy this summer, with his employers facing financial strain in the wake of the global pandemic and following another early exit from the Champions League.
Between July 2019 and June 2020, Juve reported a loss of €71.4million, while in the first half of the current financial year alone, their losses stand at €113.7million. A recent study by Deloitte, meanwhile, found the Bianconeri’s matchday revenue had decreased by 36%, the biggest drop-off experienced by any of the world’s 20 richest clubs.
Getting Ronaldo’s €31million-a-year salary off the wage bill would obviously go some way towards mending these problems, while the club are no doubt keen to get a transfer fee should he leave, with reports suggesting he could be sold for as little as €25million. But where could he go? PSG, Real Madrid and Man United have all been linked, while a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami has also been mooted. All have their pros and cons, and where he chooses will largely depend on how good a footballer he still considers himself to be, and how much he wants to grow his brand.
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10 apr. 2021