The Juventus sporting director disclosed how the Bianconeri were able to acquire the services of the Portuguese superstar.
The football world was in shock over the summer when it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo was leaving Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid to join Juventus in the Italian Lega Serie A.
And now, the Bianconeri sporting director Fabio Paratici has disclosed how the team was able to acquire the Portuguese services.
“It all started when we played vs Real Madrid in the Champions League,” said Paratici according to Goal.com
“I met [agent] Jorge Mendes like I always do and he told me: you may not believe it but if Cristiano leaves Real he’d want to join Juventus.”
“Then I started to study the move. During the talks to close a deal for the phenomenal [Joao] Cancelo, Mendes looked at me and said: remember what we talked about?” he added.
“‘If you want him, he is ready’. Then, in our next meeting, I asked Mendes: so what figures are we talking about?”
“He replied: this is the salary and this is the transfer fee. So I told him I would get back to him in a few days, because if I had said no, he would’ve contacted other clubs,” he commented.
“There were hours of extreme tension and energy. Many thoughts started crossed my mind: we have [Gonzalo] Higuain who we’ll need to sell, but Ronaldo is a star who will open various channels: technical and commercial.”
“Finally I convinced myself that we must at least try. Up to this point, I had not told anything to anyone (at Juventus),” he continued.
“I met with Andrea (Agnelli) and Pavel (Nedved) and we all agreed. We must give the entire environment a shock. A positive shock that can project Juventus to a new level.”
“So, I told Agnelli and Nedved: I have an idea…but it is yet to be evaluated, so do not laugh and do not throw yourselves out of the window,” he said.
“There are two ways to galvanize the team: one which I cannot disclose now and the other is to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“So he said ‘give me a moment to think about it’. At that point I was happy I wasn’t thrown out of the window!” he commented.
“On the same day, during the afternoon, he told me to confirm all the numbers that we had discussed, because if it was like I said it was, we are going to go forward with the operation.”