Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably played a key role as Juventus finally clinched their ninth successive Serie A title with a stylish 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday.
Ronaldo opening the scoring in first-half stoppage time, before missing the chance to double his tally from the penalty spot late in the game.
The 35-year-old has now been part of two title successes in Italy to add to the five league winners’ medals he claimed in England (3) and Spain (2).
Read on as we take a closer look at the latest state-of-play for Ronaldo in Italy and assess what the future may hold for the Portuguese international star.
Juve Eager to Double Up in the Champions League
Winning Serie A has become the norm for Juve over the past few years, but that has not been the case where the Champions League is concerned.
Many of the best football podcasts in the world have predicted that they will suffer more misery this season, with the new Serie A champions currently priced at 16/1 to lift the trophy.
Juve must overcome a 1-0 deficit against Lyon to reach the quarter-finals and Ronaldo will be keen to make amends in that game after spurning numerous chances in the first meeting.
With Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona also in their half of the draw, Juve have an extremely tough task on their hands to end their 24-year Champions League drought.
Ronaldo Going Nowhere This Summer
With Ronaldo reaching the latter stages of his glittering career, there has been ongoing speculation over whether he will remain with Juve next season.
However, the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici recently confirmed there was no chance that Ronaldo would be leaving Italy this summer.
“There is a very normal dialogue with Cristiano, as between coaches and players – he is super convinced of staying and is doing very well with us,” he said.
It would be a big surprise if Ronaldo did leave Juve at this point, particularly with the club in with a chance of making it 10 Serie A titles in a row next term.
MLS on the Cards for Ronaldo’s Swansong
Ronaldo has previously hinted that he would like to play in Major League Soccer before he retires and it is now just a question of when that will happen.
Orlando City’s Nani recently told ESPN that his former Manchester United and international teammate would ‘probably’ end up in MLS and he is likely to have the inside track on the situation.
Helping Juve win their tenth successive title would certainly be a fitting way to end his stay in Italy and leave Ronaldo with enough time to make his mark in the MLS.
Former United and England star David Beckham has previously said he would love to bring Ronaldo to his Inter Miami franchise and that is perhaps his most likely future destination.
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