A precious victory, certainly, in front of more than 40,000 empty seats at the Allianz Stadium, but which foreshadowed difficult times for Juventus. Earlier this month, the Serie A leader dominated Inter Milan (2-0), claiming the title, in a game with "surreal atmosphere" according to coach Maurizio Sarri. Cristiano Ronaldo found a way to laugh about it by greeting invisible supporters. Since then, events have gained in dramaturgy, and the Portuguese (35 years old) risks suffering the consequences of a financial crisis which threatens the world of football, and therefore Juventus.
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The five-time Ballon d'Or reacted in the best possible way with the rest of his teammates by giving up 4 months' salary, allowing the Turin club to save almost 90 million euros. A strong gesture while the resumption of the Italian championship is still not topical. Except that, according to the daily Il Messagero , this tightening of the belt should not be enough for bianconeri finances. And one of the major problems that arises is the biggest salary of the workforce: that of Cristiano Ronaldo, or € 4.8M gross per month according to the latest estimates from France Football .
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In this context, Juventus intends to meet Ronaldo and his representatives in the coming weeks. The objective would be to suggest a drastic drop in his fees in order to keep him at least until the end of his contract (June 2022). Another option would be to extend it by one year and to spread the payment over the next three years. Finally, the last alternative would be ... to sell Ronaldo. If it were necessary to arrive there, the Old Lady would act its departure as of this summer and would hope to recover at least 70 M € from it. The Portuguese striker had joined Juventus for almost € 117m from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018.
With 21 goals in 22 Serie A matches this season, "CR7" remains essential for the Turin club on the field. If its commercial weight is also far from negligible, it is not likely to compensate for the loss of money from Juventus. Especially since the club was already in the grip of difficulties in this sector well before the world of the round balloon finds itself paralyzed. Il Messagero does not talk about the future of other Juventus players, but it seems unlikely that Ronaldo will be the only one to pay the price. The situation, both sporting and economic, will perhaps be clarified within two months, in the event of a resumption of Serie A. "End of April or beginning of May is a little too optimistic", recently warned the Minister of Italian sports, Vincenzo Spadaforo.
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