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If CR7 comes to Juventus, what changes, or what doesn’t?

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at Fisht Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.
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There has been much ballyhoo over Juventus potentially signing Cristiano Ronaldo and backing up a Brinks’ truck to pay him nearly €30 million per season to play in Turin.

Now, while the accuracy of this is still in doubt — as are many Serie A transfer rumors until the ink is actually dry on a contract — I at least wanted to examine what may or may not change in Serie A if CR7 were to make the jump to Italy.


Juventus wins the Scudetto

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Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina shoots over during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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This one I can’t say would be a definite. Yes, he is a talent, but think about what all Juventus would have to give up just to afford signing him. Gonzalo Higuain would be gone and that would be just the tip of the iceberg.

If the Old Lady doesn’t shed some weight you think Inter’s Financial Fair Play issues were big …

Don’t think for a second that Inter Milan’s defense wouldn’t relish the opportunity to shut down CR7 a couple of times during the season.

Juventus wins the Champions League

Again, it’s hard to say this is an absolute if, for no other reason, the aforementioned fire sale Juventus would have to undertake just to afford him.

Oh, and if you think Real Madrid would just wither on the vine, think again.

And, let’s not discount any of the other teams in the Champions League. One player does not make a team. In fact, you can thank Argentina for that reference.

Serie A rises in prominence

If this does come to fruition, Serie A officials are going to literally kick themselves over the media deal they recently signed because rights to the league would skyrocket as outlets would salivate for the chance to broadcast CR7.

You would see a big shot in the arm in attendance around the league which would benefit teams not based in Rome, Naples or Milan — who already have strong attendance figures — which would be a big benefit.

CR7 stays at Juventus for the duration

Yeah, I’m not sure this one happens either. Ronaldo has a penchant for complaining about wages, teammates, playing time … you name it. I can certainly see this circus starting all over again in a season, especially if Juventus fails to win trophies in his first season.

Competition to sign better players around the league

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Danilo D’Ambrosio of FC Internazionale celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico on May 20, 2018 in Rome, Italy.
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This one really isn’t going to happen no matter who signs with whom. In Serie A you have teams that have and teams that have not and that isn’t going to change. While Empoli may want to bring in Neymar to compete, the fact remains the money just isn’t going to be there.

That said, there is nothing stopping league teams from bolstering their squads to be more competitive as a response. The sad thing is that it would take a signing like Ronaldo to get other teams to do that.

In summary ...

I have to agree that bringing a player like Ronaldo into Italy will only do the league good, it certainly doesn’t guarantee success. Real Madrid had CR7 and a pretty good supporting cast and were drubbed in La Liga by Barcelona this year. That said, they did win the Champions League, so there’s that.

Would his signing bring success to the league? Of course, it would and it would bring notoriety to it as well. But, would it solidify Juventus atop Serie A? I really don’t think so. I would like to think that teams like Inter Milan who have done quite well for themselves during the summer mercato will be able to contend for a league title and Coppa Italia regardless of who other teams bring in.

Like I said, one player does not a team make.

But, of course, I could be wrong.


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