Records waiting to be broken
Ronaldo is the prime candidate to break some records at Juventus, and the Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Italian football will make Serie A a far more competitive league.
Cristiano Ronaldo could even be the first player to be a top scorer in EPL, La Liga and Serie A. Having already top-scored in the Premier League for United in 2007-08 and taken home the Pichichi on three occasions (2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15), he can now become the first man to be the leading goalscorer in the EPL, La Liga and Serie A.
The Portuguese superstar has penned a four-year contract with the Serie A champions and will reportedly earn around £26m/€30m a year.
Del Piero, who played in over 700 matches across all competitions for the Bianconeri, is excited by the prospect of Ronaldo in Serie A, believing a player of his ilk will bring fresh impetus and competition to the league.
“It’s great for Juve, great for Italian football, truly huge and will be wonderful for the whole city and Italian football to enjoy all he can still do,” Del Piero told Sky Sports Italia (via Football Italia).
“I think it’ll raise the competition level in Italy, raise the desire to beat this Juve side that has won seven titles in a row and today people are talking about Juventus, Turin and Italy all over the world in the way they haven’t for many years.
“He is a player who can score from any angle and has great technique, but on top of any economic aspects, I think he brings this incredible desire to win. The hunger he has, the way he wants to be the best, is what drags him forward almost as much as his undoubtable quality.
“Juve are a club accustomed to focusing on the details, determination and the next success rather than the one they’ve just had. They always aimed higher and wanted to raise the bar, so he will fit in perfectly.”
Ronaldo released an open letter to Real fans after his departure, expressing his gratitude towards everyone associated with the club, while further revealing that “Real Madrid has conquered my heart.”
Ronaldo ended his letter by saying; “Thank you to everyone and, of course, like I said for the first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!”