Cristiano Ronaldo made his most recent transfer switch in January,
as he surprisingly moved to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia inspiring many to follow his path.
He left Manchester United in December where he had two spells during his career.
In between his time at United, he of course played for Real Madrid and Juventus.
While Ronaldo no longer plays for the trio of European giants,
he has acquired lifetime fans at all of the clubs. Specifically at
United and Madrid, he is seen as a legend of the clubs,
and there remains a strong bond with the fanbases of both.
Ronaldo himself will certainly still be interested in how his former clubs get on in the
upcoming season, especially as he maintains friends in Manchester and Madrid’s setups.
At the latter end of 2022, Ronaldo was still Erik Ten Hag’s starting forward.
Since they have had to adapt to life without him, they did qualify
for the UEFA Champions League. In bets for football tonight, the latest odds offer
United at 16/1 to conquer Europe next season.
A feat Ronaldo helped the club to achieve in the treble-winning season of 2007/08.
No one from the Premier League has won the Ballon D’or since him. pic.twitter.com/Y7U6IBWTXu
— TCR. (@TeamCRonaldo) July 13, 2023
The club are certainly on the up under Erik Ten Hag. Lisandro
Martinez has helped solidify the defence since joining last summer and
Casemiro – Ronaldo’s former teammate at Madrid – has provided a
much-needed anchorman at the base of midfield.
United will likely add a prolific number nine to their squad prior to
the start of the season. They are certainly well-
equipped to embark on a lengthy European journey, as well as
claim a Premier League top-four finish again.
Ronaldo won four UCL titles in his time at Madrid, and the serial
winners have not slowed down since he departed. They added
another title in his absence last year against Liverpool.
Madrid have invested heavily in the transfer market over recent years
and has retained Luka Modric and Toni Kroos for at least a further year.
Despite losing Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema to Al Ittihad,
Madrid will be expected to reclaim the La Liga title from Barcelona next term.
Los Blancos have a huge level of quality depth in midfield
and defence while they maintain Thibaut Courtois between the
sticks. The attacking depth is questionable, but the likes of Federico
Valverde can step into the front three when needed.
Madrid have a strong chance of regaining the Spanish title in the 2023/24 season, but the
UCL may be a stretch too far without a regular goalscorer at centre forward.
Ronaldo won several domestic honours during his time in Turin including
back-to-back Serie A titles between 2018 and 2o20. The Old Lady have
not fared well in his absence – they hit financial troubles and have failed
to win the league title in three years since he left.
Juve will participate in the UEFA Europa Conference League next season,
and a title challenge does not look likely.
The teams around them such as Inter and Napoli are set to invest,
while they may have to sell star players such as
Federico Chiesa in order to settle their finances.
Ronaldo’s former clubs are all in a relatively stable position,
Juve have some troubles but their huge brand and stature in the
footballing world should help
them to recover in the near future.
United and Madrid are expected to win trophies next year,
with many of Ronaldo’s former teammates likely to earn major
accolades. Ronaldo’s time in European football may be over,
but he surely always maintains an interest in his former clubs on the continent.