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Andrea Pirlo Has His Say On Cristiano Ronaldo Joining Juventus

Ryan Sidle

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Andrea Pirlo Has His Say On Cristiano Ronaldo Joining Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo surprised everyone when he moved from Real Madrid to Juventus, finally coming through after one of his threats to leave Los Blancos, and one man who knows a thing or two about succeeding late in your career in Turin has had his say.

Nine years at Real Madrid and for every single one of them Cristiano Ronaldo was, at very least, linked with a move back to Manchester United but they weren't the only team that were reportedly in for him.

After years of rumours and several threats of his own it wasn't until the aftermath of the third Champions League win in a row, back in May, that Ronaldo finally got serious about leaving and once the World Cup was over he decided to finally leave.

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Not one to call it a day on his time at the top just yet, despite being 33 already, Ronaldo moved to Juventus in a move worth over £80 million, similar to what he cost Real in the first place.

It's expected that he'll be a success in Turin and that's a feeling backed up by a man who knows what it's like to move to the Old Lady in his 30s, Andrea Pirlo. The former Juve midfielder told Sky Sports Italia:

"Cristiano Ronaldo can bring that something extra, which Juventus need.

"I'm happy that a great champion has joined Juve. Buying a player like him doesn't win you the Champions League alone, but you get a lot closer to it.

"Ronaldo is a player who tilts balances, and he can help Juventus win the Champions League.

"He's a top player, he'll make the difference and we'll see something beautiful."

Ronaldo's four goals at the World Cup suggests he's not slowing down. Image: BBC
Ronaldo's four goals at the World Cup suggests he's not slowing down. Image: BBC

Pirlo moved to Juventus aged 31 on a free from Milan, after the Rossoneri decided he was too old and on the wane, in Turin he changed his game somewhat, playing a more attacking role.

It paid off as he had some of his best years during the four years there and won four Serie A titles and made the final of the Champions League.

Pirlo was brilliant from 31-35. Image: PA Images
Pirlo was brilliant from 31-35. Image: PA Images

Ronaldo has been getting further and further up the pitch over recent years to the point that he is pretty much a central striker now, rather than a winger as he was in his early career, and he shows no signs of slowing just yet.

If Pirlo is anything to go by the next four years of Ronaldo in Italy could be a lot of fun.

Topics: Football News, Football transfers, Serie A, Juventus, Transfer news, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, Italy

Ryan Sidle
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