Juventus director Fabio Paratici strongly denied the buzz about Cristiano Ronaldo moving in the summer and defended his ace before the Cagliari game. The executive told Sky Sport: “The rumors make me smile because I never would have thought in my career that Ronaldo and the whole deal could be brought into question. It is just bar talk, nothing more. He is the leading scorer in Serie A, he won five Ballons d’Or and Champions League multiple times. It is a privilege to have him with us, we are very happy for it and we want to hold onto him. He will stay for sure and will be the future of Juventus.”
With yesterday’s hat-trick, the Portuguese star is now up to 44 goals in 38 matches with the Bianconeri. He surpassed Pelé in the all-time scorers’ chart in official games as he is now at 770. After O’Rey congratulated him directly, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram that he had never acknowledged the record up to this point because he considered Pelé’s tally to be at 767. He concluded his post by saying: “The future is tomorrow and there is still a lot more to win both with Juventus and Portugal.”
After he was previously linked to PSG, Spanish newspaper AS and Marca reported over the weekend that his agent Jorge Mendes inquired with Real Madrid about a possible return. The outlets added that the Merengues are not too keen on bringing him back at the moment and that the Old Lady would not oppose the transfer if he demanded it.