Matthijs de Ligt confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo jokingly referred to himself as “Agent Ronaldo” when they met after he completed his Juventus move.
De Ligt has been one of the biggest topics of the summer transfer window and had been pursued by Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
At only 19, the Dutchman is already one of Europe’s most renown centre-backs upon captaining underdogs Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals and Eredivisie glory last season.
Ultimately, though, De Ligt chose to join Juventus and completed his highly-anticipated move to Turin on Thursday in a €75m deal.
Juventus presented the teenager to the Italian press on Friday, and one of the topics reporters quickly questioned him on was the exchange he had with Ronaldo in last month’s UEFA Nations League final.
After helping Portugal defeat the Netherlands 1-0, Ronaldo asked De Ligt to join him at Juventus for next season. It led many to believe it did the trick in swaying the youngster to move to Italy before he denied it on Friday.
But De Ligt revealed that Ronaldo quickly reminded him of his role in the transfer by referring himself as “Agent Ronaldo”.
“No [that conversation], then I had already made my choice in my head. But of course it was nice what Ronaldo said and it’s great to be able to train and play with him,” said De Ligt later in the conference, according to Metro.
On the transfer saga that lasted nearly a year, De Ligt said: “At a certain point, it got a bit tiring.
“The most insane message I read was that I wouldn’t go to Paris Saint-Germain because I wanted to earn more than Kylian Mbappe. What nonsense.”
De Ligt has signed up for next five years at Juventus and will debut on Sunday for their International Champions Cup (ICC) opener against Tottenham in Singapore.
As talented as he may be, though, De Ligt is aware his €75m fee doesn’t automatically guarantee him a starting spot.
“That [the transfer fee] won’t count anymore if I’m on the field here. Juventus has many good defenders, we will all have to work.”
The Juventus and Spurs match will begin at 13:30 (CET) on Sunday.