After nine years and a trailer load of trophies at Real Madrid, the 33-year-old decided it was time to fresh challenge.
He already hinted at the end of last season that he would be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, but the sheer immensity of the move meant fans had to wait for it to materialize before to react to it, after all, he’d said so in the past only to stay put.
With Portugal eliminated from the World Cup at the last 16 stage following a 2-1 loss to Uruguay, Ronaldo, and his agent Jorge Mendes, decided it was time for the next big move. And lo, the formidable Portuguese is now a Juventus player!
Watch Real Madrid’s tribute to him here.
— Omoniyi Israel (@omoissy) July 11, 2018
He didn’t come cheap though, seeing as he’ll be earning a whopping $510,000 per week at Turin, plus add-ons.
But given his superhuman goal powers and larger than life brand, Juve directors have got to be giving themselves a pat on the back for accomplishing a football coup.
Upon completing the deal, the five-time ballon d’Or winner reportedly told Juve boss Andrea Agnelli: “I can’t wait to start this new adventure. I’m very happy with the choice that I have made because Juventus is what I wanted.”
Rest assured he’s not the only one excited about this new phase, as social media has been set alight since the deal was announced.
Here are some of the reactions to the stunning move…
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 10, 2018
Benvenuto a Torino, Cristiano 🏴🏳 We had a great time together in Madrid, I can‘t wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for @juventusfc! 💪🏽 #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SK6 @cristiano pic.twitter.com/iU4ULPeHmg
— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) July 10, 2018
Leonardo Bonucci and Gonzalo Higuain are the highest earners in Serie A with €7m (annual salary).
Cristiano Ronaldo will earn a reported €30m.
The divide is staggering…
— Rossé Marrai-Ricco (@RossellaMarrai) July 11, 2018
Good morning to everyone except those who don’t have Cristiano Ronaldo at their club.
— mickzukic 🇭🇷 (@m1897) July 11, 2018
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 11, 2018
— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) July 11, 2018
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) July 11, 2018
a true football Legend.💪✌🙆💯 pic.twitter.com/mC4PGh0t3F
— ⓜⓔⓒⓗⓐⓝⓘⓒ🇳🇬🐧🍦🌸🍇 (@ANAS_SICO) July 11, 2018
— Ivan Salavin (@IvansFutbol) July 11, 2018
So we jst converted to Naira (₦) and realized Cristiano Ronaldo will now earn
₦500 evry second
₦30,000 evry minute,
₦1.7 Million evry hour
₦42 Million evry day
₦298 Million evry week
₦1.1 Billion every month
₦13.2 Billion evry year
For 4 years!, Let us pray
— 38savage.✝✝ (@Chiwoke_) July 11, 2018