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Italy His legions of fans would have expected Cristiano Ronaldo to be making headlines in the final week of the World Cup — and the Portuguese star has managed to deliver despite leaving the competition nearly a fortnight ago. Italian daily sports bible La Gazzetta Della Sport went as far as to implore its readers to remember the date as one that will "remain in the history of Italian football".
The move is a new Serie A record, beating Juventus's own previous record from two years ago when it enticed Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Scudetto rival Napoli.
But this is quite different. Ronaldo scored four goals in four World Cup matches in Russia. Ronaldo has been the top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons and it is these goals that are of most interest to Juventus.
Remarkably, 10 of Ronaldo's record Champions League strikes have come against Juve — a bitter pill for a team that craves European Cup success above anything else, a prize that has eluded it since despite its domestic dominance.
Juventus has won the Scudetto seven years in a row, taking its overall tally to 34 — almost double that of its nearest domestic rival — but has won the European Cup, the biggest prize in European football, just twice. By adding a player who has so often been the thorn in its side on the European stage, Juventus is sending a signal that it is ready to better the club's two finals appearances in the past four years into a title winning season.
Off field, the impact may be just as important. Ronaldo's CR7 brand is an incredibly marketable commodity — a bonus to a team looking to escape the shackles imposed on it by the relatively unattractive Serie A marketplace.
Juventus has long been a big fish in a shrinking pond, a brand with global ambitions in a league that is struggling to match the ostentatious wealth being displayed by its European neighbours.
The Italian giants are ranked just 10th in the list of the most football clubs by revenue according to Deloitte, and are perceived as being hamstrung by the fact that Serie A lags behind the EPL, La Liga and the Bundesliga.
This signing — the sixth-highest of all time — could be seen as a sign that for Juventus at least, Serie A is still a force to be reckoned with. And the Ronaldo effect has already had an impact. Juventus's shares jumped almost 40 per cent at the news of his signing.
For Madrid, the impact of Ronaldo's departure is harder to quantify. Ronaldo leaves as Madrid's record goal scorer, with goals in appearances. GraciasCristiano But he is 33 years old. At the start of last season it appeared that the writing was on the wall for Ronaldo as a global force.
It had been suggested that the inevitable decline of one of the world's greatest ever strikers was being played out in front of our eyes. But then he proved his detractors spectacularly wrong.
After returning from the winter break, Ronaldo managed 22 goals in just 21 La Liga games, as well as helping Madrid secure its third consecutive Champions League title.
Ronaldo proved that he was still a powerful force and vital part of the Madrid team. So is this move away from the Spanish capital premature? The fact that Real lowered its prohibitively expensive 1 billion Euros buyout clause to million Euros, then even further to accommodate Juventus's advances, speaks volumes in that the club was open to a move at all.
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