Cristiano Ronaldo could still leave Juve
Following a social media post, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a move away from Juventus, heightened suspicions of a Turin escape.
Despite growing questions over his future, Cristiano Ronaldo believes he achieved his aims with Serie A giants Juventus. After Juventus finished in the top four of Serie A to qualify for the Champions League, Ronaldo has been linked with previous teams Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well as Paris Saint-Germain.
The 36-year-old, who is under contract with Bianconeri until 2022, created history by finishing the season with 29 goals, five more than Inter star Romelu Lukaku.
Since moving to Turin in 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo won two League titles, two Supercoppa Italiana medals, and a Coppa Italia trophy, but has yet to win a Champions League trophy. He became the first player to finish as the top scorer in Serie A, LaLiga, and the Premier League.
In a social media statement on Monday, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Portugal captain heightened rumours over his future.
“The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs,” Cristiano wrote on Instagram. “Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels.
“This year we couldn’t win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well deserved title. However, I have to value everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms. The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the Serie A Top Scorer trophy fill me with happiness, mainly due to the difficulty they carry with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.
“With these achievements, I reached a goal that I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the Championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and Top Scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.
“I’ve already said that I don’t chase records, records chase me. For those who don’t understand what I mean by this, it’s very simple: football is a collective game, but it is through individual overcoming that we help our teams achieve their goals. It is always looking for more and more on the field, working more and more off the field, that records eventually emerge and collective titles become inevitable, some being the natural consequence of the other.
“So, I’m very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Best Player in England, Spain and Italy; Best Scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy. Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented. This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I’ll always keep chasing for until the last day.
“Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey! We stand together!” – Cristiano Ronaldo