The Italian giants managed to sign him from Real Madrid for €105 million last summer.
That might seem like quite a lot of money for a player who was 33 at the time, but he’s gone on to prove that he was worth every penny.
Ronaldo has scored 32 times in 51 appearances since joining.
He also helped his side to the Serie A title and a Supercoppa Italiana triumph.
The Portuguese have had another fine year on the field, finishing fourth in the Goal 50, but his impact off it has arguably been even more impressive
While discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s petulant reaction to being substituted against AC Milan last weekend, Patrick Vieira argued, “At Juventus, the club is the real star.”
Only, that’s not really true, is it? Ronaldo is bigger than Juventus. Or, the ‘CR7’ brand is, at least. It’s why the Bianconeri signed him.
And it’s why they haven’t fined him for storming straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Paulo Dybala.
There’s been no sanction. And no apology either. Ronaldo’s only response came, rather fittingly, on Instagram: “A difficult game, an important win.”
Juve, for their part, are more concerned with the knee problem that coach Maurizio Sarri referenced afterward. After all, they need Ronaldo fit. They need him to be visible at all times, on and off the pitch. They need him to win games and attract new fans.
‘The Ronaldo effect’ had been decisive.
“Juventus have been growing year upon year since Agnelli took over in 2010 but they knew that in order to become a top club on a European level they had to expand their appeal beyond the boundaries of Serie A,” Marco Bellinazzo of Il Sole 24 Ore, and author of La fine del Calcio Italiano (‘The end of Italian Football’), tells Goal.