Cristiano Ronaldo named Most Valuable Player in Serie A for 2018/19

  • Rob Swan

Cristiano Ronaldo had it all at Real Madrid – goals, trophies, money and more – so his decision to pack his bags for Juventus last summer raised many eyebrows.

The Portuguese forward had just helped Los Blancos win a third successive European Cup but decided enough was enough after nine extraordinary seasons at the Bernabeu.

He craved a new challenge and jumped at the opportunity to try and conquer a new league with Serie A champions Juventus.

The Old Lady forked out €100 million for Ronaldo, 33 at the time and now 34 – a record fee for a player of his advancing years.

Many people doubted whether that represented decent value for money. Ronaldo had just spent the best years of his career with Real Madrid – was he really worth €100m?

People also doubted whether Ronaldo would find scoring goals as easy in Italy as he did in Spain.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner netted an absurd 450 goals in 438 games for Madrid.

Serie A is still considered a more defensive league than La Liga and Ronaldo has found that to be the case this season.

In 30 games, Ronaldo has scored 21 goals. A decent return but not a patch on the outrageous goals-to-games tallies that we’re used to seeing with the iconic forward.

Nevertheless, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar has ended his debut season in Turin with a Serie A winners’ medal.

And, to top it all off, he’s also just been named the Most Valuable Player in Serie A for the 2018/19 season.

The new awards are handed out by the Lega Serie A, using calculations from Opta Sports and Netco Sports, and put together by Ernst & Young, according to Football Italia.

Serie A, Coppa Italia and Italian Supercup performances are taken into account and Ronaldo has won the main award after contributing 22 goals and 11 assists in 33 appearances.

The Serie A awards in full:

MVP – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Best goalkeeper – Samir Handanovic (Inter)

Best defender – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

Best midfielder – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)

Best forward – Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)

Best young player – Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)

Well played, Cristiano!

However, he will be playing under a new head coach next season after it was confirmed on Friday that Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juve at the end of the season.

Antonio Conte is the bookmakers’ current favourite to become the club’s new manager, followed by Maurizio Sarri, Simone Inzaghi and Jose Mourinho.

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