Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus now ’want to sell’ legend two years after signing him

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Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £100 million in the summer of 2018 to help them become European champions for the first time since 1996.

But two years down the line and Juve’s wait to lift the Champions League trophy for only the third time in their history continues.

That said, Ronaldo has still been a success in Turin over the past two-and-a-half years.

The Portuguese legend has scored 71 goals in 94 games for the Bianconeri and won two Serie A titles.

Even now, as he approaches his 36th birthday, Ronaldo regularly produces match-winning moments and is still widely regarded as one of the world’s best players.

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However, it’s now being reported that Juventus want to sell their star player when the season ends.

Ronaldo’s contract expires in June 2022 but Juve have reportedly decided - per Sport - to sell the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season.

They want to recoup part of the £100 million they paid Real Madrid and, crucially, get his huge wages off their books.

Ronaldo currently earns an eye-watering €31 million (£28 million) per season salary - which, as of 2019, was three times more than any other player in Serie A.

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This figure is five times the amount that Paulo Dybala, Juve’s second-biggest earner, is paid.

And due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it seems Juve can no longer justify their No. 7’s astronomical wages.

Furthermore, it’s claimed that Ronaldo’s ‘haughty attitude’ has created ‘criticism and misgivings’ from those associated with the club.

Specifically, this refers to comments made by ex-Juve player Pasquale Bruno last week.

The retired defender said of Ronaldo, per the Daily Mail: "He is ignorant.

"He has been in Italy for two years and has not yet learned to speak our language.

"He uses Spanish to express himself. He has no respect for his team-mates or for the Italians."

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So, if Ronaldo does leave Juve next summer, where will he end up next?

The forward has no plans to retire just yet (he wants to play into his early 40s) and several clubs are likely to be at the front of the queue for his signature including Paris Saint-Germain.

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