Yesterday, the unthinkable actually happened. Longtime Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo made his move to Juventus.
In all likelihood, he’s going to be there for the next four seasons. In his time with Madrid, he brought home La Liga titles, Copa del Rey titles, Champions League titles — including the last three — and multiple Ballon d’Or honors. But now that he’s moving on, it’s time to say goodbye to Madrid. And per ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan, he’s incredibly grateful.
“I just have enormous thanks for this club these fans, and this city. But I believe the time has come to open a new stage in my life, so I have asked the club to accept to let me go.”
Nine years and multiple titles later, Ronaldo is moving on. It makes sense for both parties. Madrid have plenty of work to do this summer regardless. We never know where Gareth Bale stands with the Spanish side. Karim Benzema isn’t getting any younger. Cashing in on Ronaldo isn’t a dumb move to make; we just don’t know how they’ll respond.
As for Juventus, we’ve been over this before. They don’t need more help winning the Serie A title. After all, they’ve already won seven in a row. But if it’s a Champions League title they seek, there aren’t many other players that are better-suited for the job than Ronaldo. There simply aren’t many players like him. We can let the Lionel Messi/Ronaldo debate rage on forever. We already know it’s going to.
We’ve seen countless greats walk through the doors for Real Madrid. We’ll see countless more from now until the end of time. But after nine years with the Spanish giants, this much is clear: There will never be another quite like Cristiano Ronaldo.
You can take that however you want.