Cristiano Ronaldo undergoes medical ahead of Juventus presentation
Cristiano Ronaldo is undergoing his medical with Juventus and will be meeting with his new teammates and coach Massimiliano Allegri before being formally presented by his new club later Monday.
Ronaldo, 33, will sign a four-year contract with Juventus that sources have told ESPN FC will be worth around €55 million annually. The club agreed last week to pay Real Madrid fees totalling €112m to acquire the forward, who left Spain after nine seasons and four Champions League titles, including each of the last three.
The Portugal captain arrived at the Turin-Caselle Airport in Turin, Italy, on Sunday evening in his own private jet and dined with club officials, including Juve president Andrea Agnelli and general manager Beppe Marotta, in the evening.
He then arrived at the Allianz Stadium on Monday morning and emerged to sign autographs and pose for photographs outside the J Medical clinic before beginning his exam.
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Fans outside the facility chanted Ronaldo’s name, as well as “Bring us the Champions League,” hoping that the forward will be the piece the club finally need to win the competition.
Juve last won the Champions League in 1996 but have reached two of the past four finals, losing to Barcelona in 2015 and Madrid in 2017.
Ronaldo will be presented in front of around 300 journalists inside the Allianz Stadium at 6:30 p.m. local time — although not in the customary news conference location, as interest has forced the club to relocate the ceremony to the larger Gianni e Umberto Agnelli hall.
After Portugal were eliminated by Uruguay in the World Cup’s round of 16 earlier this month, Ronaldo went on holiday in Greece, interrupting his plans to negotiate his move.
He is expected to resume his holiday before linking up with his new teammates at the end of the month, bypassing Turin and flying straight to the United States to participate in the International Champions Cup.
Ronaldo is likely to miss friendlies with Bayern Munich in Philadelphia and Benfica in Harrison, New Jersey, and his status remains uncertain for Juventus’ game against the MLS All-Stars in Atlanta on Aug. 1, but he should arrive in time to face Madrid outside Washington on Aug. 5.
He is then expected to make his Serie A debut two weeks later, with the announcement of the fixtures on July 26 drawing even more interest than usual in order to see where and against whom the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will make his first domestic appearance.
Juventus have won the last seven Serie A titles — four since Allegri replaced Antonio Conte as coach — and have also won the Coppa Italia in each of Allegri’s four seasons. All of those titles have come since they moved into their new stadium.
Emre Can, who last week was presented as Juve’s third summer signing after Mattia Perin and Joao Cancelo, wrote on Twitter on Monday morning: “Bem vindo Cristiano! Happy to see you join the Juventus family.”