On July 10, 2018, the world was gearing up for the first FIFA World Cup semi-final between Belgium and France. However, the next day’s headlines were already sorted; it was a man from Madeira, Portugal who had stolen the spotlight from France. It was bad for the Les Bleus, the French football team, but the gravity of the occasion justified it.
It couldn’t be anyone else but Cristiano Ronaldo himself, the football magician who had decided to move to Juventus Football Club, based out of Turin, Italy, after playing with some of the top-level football clubs for nine years. Since then the Juventus fans are doing everything to make their new global ambassador feel at home.
Now, to understand how Ronaldo’s inclusion in Juventus F.C. would affect its performance, it is imperative to take a look at the statistics of the last five years on the team and Ronaldo. No matter how complex they are to understand, the stats never lie.
In football, the most important thing is to score. And when it comes to scoring, the name that pops out first is CR7. Over the last five years, the former Madrid winger has taken his game to another level, that too playing for the biggest club and against the best of oppositions. And if we just compare his goals per season for Madrid alongside the goals of all the Juventus forwards combined, the result is almost frightening. Except for the last two seasons, Ronaldo has outclassed the Juve forwards all by himself. Obviously, the fans in Turin are going crazy.
It would be unfair to compare Ronaldo’s titles while at Madrid against the titles won by Juventus. But if we were to go ahead with it, Ronaldo would trump Juventus by himself. He has won all the trophies with Madrid that a club player can, an exception being the 2015/16 season where Juventus defeated Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Barring that, Ronaldo’s title tally at Madrid is nowhere less than the former’s. And amidst all of that, he has faced the Juventus team 7 times including the 2016/17 Champions League final that ended up in a 4-1 drubbing of his new club.
- Major individual titles
This is one department where no other player can compete with the 33-year-old Juventus forward. Ronaldo has won 11 major trophies over the past 5 years, including four Ballon D’ors, an annual football award presented by France Football, two FIFA best player awards, three UEFA best player awards, and three-time Europe’s top scorer award. The Juventus players are of course nowhere close to him, and that is one element that the Portuguese will add to this majestic club.
- Social media hype
Sports teams today are highly judged by their social media profiles and their fanbase on the internet. The social media profiles of Juventus F.C. were not as good as their performance on the field. However, as soon as the Ronaldo deal was approved, there was an unprecedented increase in Juventus’ social media followers; their Instagram page followers increased by a total of 3.5 million and increased its follower base by 6.2 million across all social media platforms. It is interesting that only 4 football clubs have more than 4 million followers on Instagram, and Juventus garnered 87.5% of those within three days.
So whether or not Ronaldo will prosper in Italy like he did in Spain or England is a question only time will tell. But considering his numbers, he sure seems to be bringing in a new aura at Juventus that has been missing for the last two decades. Aura of the “Socceror” Supreme.