Since arriving at Juventus during the summer of 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo has not exactly been a hit, nor has he been a miss. He has, however, not exactly lived up to expectations. Fans of the Old Lady of Italian football would have expected him to help the club finally land the Champions League title, the one major trophy which has eluded them over the years.
One and a half years have passed and European glory has not yet arrived, with Juventus a distant sixth at 11/1 to win the trophy this year when putting a Champions League bet on, behind the likes of Man City, Liverpool, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich. Juventus do not look as though they have become a better unit since the arrival of Ronaldo, in-fact they face their strongest test to retain the Serie A title this season from a rejuvenated Inter Milan. Juve’s 3-1 defeat against Lazio during the recent Supercoppa Italia final more or less proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they are no longer the dominant force in Italian football that they have been for the best part of the last decade.
By being on the losing side during the Supercoppa Italia defeat, Ronaldo ended a run of 14 consecutive finals without being on the losing side. The last time that he tasted defeat during a final was when Real Madrid fell short against Atletico Madrid during the 2013 Copa del Rey final.
Some fans of the Turin giants believe that Ronaldo is a hindrance, he is now 34 years old and his stats are clearly not what they used to be when he plied his trade for Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Bianconeri has endured a less than ideal start to the new season and this has led to questions surrounding the future of Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is now approaching his 35th birthday. He will be looking to win as many trophies as possible between now and the end of his career and possibly another Ballon d’Or or two along the way. He, however, does not have time on his side to be playing for a developmental project. He needs to be playing for a club which can challenge for all major honours, most notably the Champions League.
Juventus are looking rather one dimensional in terms of their football at the moment. Manager Maurizio Sarri does however still have the January transfer window to try and find a solution to his club’s woes. If he does manage to find a solution in January, things could work out well for both the club and Ronaldo.
As one of the most marketable names in the Sports industry, Ronaldo will have several offers to choose from, including from elite clubs if he decides to embark on a new challenge at the end of the season. It would be a fitting end to his career if he makes a return to Old Trafford to help Manchester United become a dominant force again. United were, after all, the club that made Ronaldo into the superstar that he is today.
However, United are not a world-class club at the moment and this could hamper his chances of landing major silverware if he were to join them.