Juventus Manager Confident Cristiano Ronaldo Will Stay… For Now

Published 08/21/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
TURIN, ITALY – AUGUST 02: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at JTC on August 2, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)


Cristiano Ronaldo has been arguably one of the best players in world football for a while now. Lionel Messi and the Portuguese have been the biggest names in the game for the last 15 years.

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After taking Real Madrid to new heights, the 5-time Ballon D’or winner knew he was ready for a new challenge. A move to Juventus came calling back in 2018. The ‘Old Lady’ who had been one of the most dominant sides domestically desperately wanted a Champions League trophy.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 08: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Estadi Johan Cruyff on August 08, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

While Ronaldo has continued to be a world class goalscorer for the Italian giants, some questionable hiring and poor transfers have really hampered Juventus. Last season, Juve failed to win Serie A for the first time in 10 years.

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Max Allegri confident of Cristiano Ronaldo staying with Juventus

Entering the off-season, there were multiple rumors linking Ronaldo to a move away from the Italian giants. Ex-club Real Madrid were one of the most heavily rumored destinations for the Portuguese.

But the 36-year-old squashed the rumors recently. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has followed suit. In a recent press conference Allegri assured that Ronaldo will stay in the club for the upcoming season. “Cristiano has told me he is staying… So we can clear that one up… I have heard the rumours only from you, he is working well and staying at Juventus.”

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While this is certainly a big positive for the Italian giants, Juve will be well aware of the Ronaldo’s contract situation. With only a year left in his contract, the Portuguese goal scoring machine is set to become a free agent in the 2022 transfer window.

A couple of months ago, the 5-time Ballon D’or winner reportedly denied to have negotiations over a new contract until his decision to leave or stay in Juventus was finalised. With the Portuguese opting to stay with the Italian giants, we might see the beginning of negotiations for a possible extension.

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Juve surely have a very tough decision at their hand. While Ronaldo does take up a huge chunk of the wage bill, he backs it up with his production on the field. The leading goal scorer for the club ever since his arrival, there is no doubting Cristiano’s quality.

He might be aging, but he is still one of the best players in the game. Should Juve re-sign Ronaldo or let go of the Portuguese superstar? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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