Cristiano Ronaldo has “already signed” for Juventus according to the club’s former CEO Luciano Moggi, who claims he has tried to bring the Real Madrid star to Italy when he was a teenager. Moggi, who headed up Juve’s board from 1994 until 2006 when he was a central figure in the Italian football scandal that saw him given a life ban from football, was initially skeptical of the deal going through but has since claimed the transfer was already at an advanced stage.
Serie A champions Juventus are reported to have made a bid of €100 million (£88m/$116m) for Ronaldo, who is Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer after nine seasons at Santiago Bernabeu.
The signing of Ronaldo would mean that Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain and Ronaldo would pair up once again as they did with the Los Blancos for years. They played alongside each other between 2009 and 2013.
Moggi claims he made plenty of attempts to sign the Portuguese forward back in 2002 and a proposed transfer involving Chilean striker Marcelo Salas moving in the opposite direction never transpired, according to Moggi, and Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003.
“I received an alert,” said the former Juve chief. “I sent an observer to look at him, he was an 18-year-old boy, but he impressed me with his maturity and his choices.
“In the middle of the day I made the contract. Unfortunately, Marcelo Salas refused to sign for Sporting Lisbon because he wanted to return to River Plate.
It will be interesting to see how this transfer folds in the coming days. Follow us for more updates.