Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is thrilled with the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo and he is convinced that his arrival will help bring the Champions League trophy over to Turin
Under Allegri, the Bianconeri have suffered two defeats in the 2015 and 2017 finals to both Barcelona and Real Madrid, the latter which saw Ronaldo net a brace in.
But after signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on Tuesday in a €112m deal, Allegri is hopeful that this will be the start of a new era with the Champions League’s all-time top goalscorer by their side.
“Winning the Champions League has always been the goal and the signing of Ronaldo certainly gives us a greater chance to achieve it,” said Allegri, according to SportsKeeda.
“But that together with Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana are the four goals for which Juventus have always played.”
Contrary to reports, the Italian coach denied that he had spoken to Ronaldo prior to confirmation on his transfer.
“I have absolutely not heard from Cristiano Ronaldo on the phone. On Monday I think there will be a news conference, so I’ll see him then,” said Allegri.
“I know he is very happy. He is a great professional and an important addition for a team that has already done big things.
“I believe the club and the president have not only done an extraordinary thing for Juve, but especially for Italian football.
“[He will play] as he always did: trying to score goals.”
Following an impressive four years in charge of Juventus, Allegri was one of the strong favourites to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid for next season.
But he turned down the opportunity and explained why.
“I only followed my instincts. This was definitely not an easy period for me, because my mother passed away a month ago and I had to make different choices as well,” he said.
“I talked to Juventus and I’m very well here. I repeat my thanks to [Madrid president Florentino] Perez. I had already given my word to Juventus, who had an important project.”