Ahead of Morata’s return to Juventus, let’s check out a classic Ronaldo moment when he pulled off a bicycle kick assist for the Spaniard at Real Madrid.
Alvaro Morata is set to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus after arriving in Turin to complete his move on Monday night. Should all go to plan, they’ll link-up for the first time in three years.
Andrea Pirlo made it no secret he wanted a new striker after giving Gonzalo Higuain his marching orders, and he’s turned to former teammate Morata.
The 27-year-old has known Ronaldo throughout most of his professional career, having broken into the scene in 2010 as a Real Madrid youngster. Therefore, it shouldn’t take too long to re-establish a partnership upfront.
In their time together in Spain, they won 45 of their 62 games alongside each other. Ronaldo was the chief man, of course, by scoring 55 goals compared to Morata’s 14. He also provided an impressive 20 assists, including this beauty in January 2014.
We’ve seen many spectacular bicycle kicks over the years, especially from Ronaldo (Turin 2018 right a bell?), but this one you’d expect from a video game or something – not in real life!
Whether it’s goals or assists, Ronaldo is simply out of this world.
This sublime assist came in a LaLiga match between Real Betis and Real Madrid in Seville on January 18, 2014. The visitors won 5-0 thanks to goals from Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, and Morata.
What’s the story on Morata so far?
The Atletico Madrid player had a mixed 2019/20 campaign that, at one stage, saw him score six goals in nine league games before going cold again. After missing out on No.1 target Luis Suarez and then Edin Dzeko, though, Pirlo has taken a chance on him.
A reported €9m loan deal is in place, with Juventus allegedly having a €45m buy option included. The club even welcomed back their old star on social media after he landed in Turin on Monday night. Confirmation of a deal is expected shortly pending the results of Morata’s medical.
The Spain international had an impressive first spell with the Bianconeri, scoring 27 goals in 93 games between 2014 and 2016. He also won back-to-back Serie A and Coppa Italia titles.