Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has congratulated Juventus on pulling off a major transfer coup by prising Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid. The Portuguese superstar completed the formalities of his £88million move to Turin on Monday, undergoing a medical ahead of his official unveiling.
His four-year stay is expected to cost Juventus in excess of £300m – though the Serie A champions will hope to recoup much of that having already sold over half-a-million shirts in the first 24 hours of his move being announced.
Ronaldo had been linked with a return to Old Trafford, where Mourinho is now coach, but the United boss believes his countryman can breathe new life into Italian football. Speaking on radio station Tele Radio Stereo, he said: ‘La Liga no longer has the two best players in the world. Now one’s in Spain and the other’s in Italy. Both Man Utd and PSG are believed to have deemed a deal for Ronaldo unviable.
England have the Premier League, the most competitive championship, with top quality players, one of the most important leagues in the world. So now there are three dimensions. ‘Now everyone looks at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it’s the best league and Spain for Messi. Hordes of Juve fans turned out to see Ronaldo as he completed his medical.
Serie A has become one of the most important championships in the world. In football, everything can change. ‘If it changes the perspectives of teams like Inter, AC Milan and Roma, if they don’t passively accept Juve with Cristiano becoming stronger, that they will win again and again, and can also find the right motivations from this deal, it can change Serie A in terms of quality, emotions and exposure. ‘For this reason, I congratulate Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.’