Cristiano Ronaldo may have his issues right now, but make no mistake – he will become a success story at Juventus no matter what.
It’s no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to reach his usual abnormal levels at Juventus this season. He’s only managed six goals and two assists in 15 appearances across all competitions.
A big part of this is down to a knee problem that the Portuguese star has been nursing for several weeks now.
There have also been issues on the footballing side of things, with Maurizio Sarri’s tactics not working out well. The team, on the other hand, haven’t been able to provide Ronaldo with the same support he enjoyed for so many years at Real Madrid.
But this is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has smashed countless records and defied the odds against him many times. Therefore, it’s surely only a matter of time before he’s back to his best.
So, without further ado, we give you the top 5 reasons why Juventus will see the best of Ronaldo.
There is nothing quite like a bit of healthy competition to get you back on the right track.
And a sixth Ballon d’Or for Lionel Messi on Monday could end up being the ‘medicine’ that Cristiano Ronaldo so badly needs.
The 34-year-old has always aimed to beat his long-term rival for over a decade now, and recently confessed it’s helped take his game to even higher levels.
“I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” said Ronaldo via Marca.
“It’s a good rivalry, but it’s not unique. Michael Jordan had them in basketball, Ayrton Senna and [Alain]Prost in Formula 1.
“What they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries.
“I have an excellent professional relationship with Messi because we have been sharing similar moments for 15 years.”
Supreme fitness levels
Cristiano Ronaldo may be struggling with a knee problem right, but don’t expect that to last forever.
He has always taken great care of himself throughout the years, and undergone vigorous programs to stay in top shape.
A great example of this would be earlier on in the season, when it emerged Ronaldo was the quickest Serie A striker in the opening two games. He clocked a top speed of 34.62km/h.
Not bad for a 34-year-old, right?
Best scorer in history
Goals and Ronaldo are part of the package wherever he goes.
The Portugal captain has scored a stunning 706 career goals for both club and country. And, if this month’s hat-trick against Lithuania is anything to go by, the goals will keep on coming no matter what.
It’s led the likes of Jose Mourinho to hail him as a “phenomenon” in the past. Interestedly, the Tottenham coach even tipped him to continue scoring at the age of 50.
So we can’t see how Ronaldo, who we rate as the greatest scorer in history, won’t stop finding the back of the net.
Arguably, Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest weapon is his never-ending desire to take his game to the next level.
Many ex-coaches and team-mates alike have always paid tribute to the Real Madrid legend’s dedication throughout the years.
Sir Alex Ferguson even once revealed that Ronaldo never skipped a training session during his six years at Manchester United.
The forward clearly never shies away from hard work, and will surely do all he can to improve his fortunes at Juventus.
This is probably the one thing that will ensure Ronaldo becomes a success story in Turin no matter what.
Juventus need Ronaldo at his best
We’ve already talked about the many problems Cristiano Ronaldo has to endure at Juventus.
But the Serie A champions need their superstar at the top of his game should they hope to win a first Champions League since 1996. Therefore, Sarri and his coaching staff will likely make some changes to make his life easier.
Furthermore, Juventus invested heavily in the summer to sign the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Danilo in a bid to support Ronaldo.
So surely they will do all they can to get the five-time Champions League winner back on track.