Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus has reconsidered his future at Italy after crashing out of the Champions League for two years consecutively
Juventus has been the most talked-about club for the past two days. The defeat against Lyon in the round of sixteen of the Champions League saw Maurizio Sarri being shown the door after just one season at the helm. The Bianconeri have already appointed Andrea Pirlo as their new manager for the 2020/21 season, despite all indicators pointing towards Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future has been up in the air as well since the defeat at the Allianz Stadium. The former Real Madrid man scored two goals in the fixture, however, a controversial penalty that was converted by Memphis Depay in the early minutes of the game was the nail in the coffin for the rest of the Juve squad.
The Portuguese forward took it on himself to bring about a change after converting a penalty and firing a wicked left shot into the top corner. However, all the effort went in vain as the Bianconeri failed to secure their third goal to ensure their promotion to the quarter-final.
This has been the first time Cristiano Ronaldo has been knocked out from the Champions League Round of sixteen since his debut season with Real Madrid in the 2009/10 season. The two years at the Allianz Stadium has seen the Italian side play six knockout games in the Champions League, however, the shocking stat is that the club has only scored seven goals in the knockout stage and all of them were from Cristiano Ronaldo.
At the age of 35-years-old, the former Manchester United man has a season or two under his belt to win the Champions League and given Juve’s current squad it seems highly unlikely that Ronaldo would add a sixth winners medal to his museum in Portugal.
Diaro GOL reports that Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are the two teams that are willing to offer the player a shot at the UCL for one last time. Zinedine Zidane has always been a massive admirer of the winger and the Frenchman wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to stay in the summer of 2018 and wanted Gareth Bale out instead.
Zidane expected the club to sell Bale and use his salary to ensure the promised wage for Ronaldo, however, it was just the opposite which saw Zidane step down from his role.
Ronaldo’s leadership and mentality were certainly missed as Real Madrid took on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Had the Portuguese still been there, the scoreline may have been different? However, the chances for a return to the Bernabeu seem highly unlikely after the procurement of Eden Hazard from Chelsea, and now Kylian Mbappe becoming the next prized target of the club.
If PSG is to sell Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2021 to Real Madrid as many fans and pundits expect the same, Cristiano Ronaldo might be the one to fill in the void in the attack. The winger would be on the last year of his contract with Juventus and the Parisian side could splash a huge sum to sign the player.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has always spoken highly of Neymar and Mbappe while at Real Madrid and the Portuguese forward could possibly end up playing with either of them in the near future.