Rumors have surfaced that Cristiano Ronaldo has told close friends he regrets having left Real Madrid in favor of Juventus.
Trouble in Turin? Not quite. But, there could be some uncomfortable conversations and rumors coming in the next couple of weeks.
Having won the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana in his first season with Juve, Ronaldo looked comfortable guiding The Old Lady to yet another Italian league title, yet something seems off with the legendary forward.
Not only have we seen a slight dip in goal scoring form – he scored five fewer goals than in his final year with Real Madrid despite featuring in more matches and playing nearly 500 minutes more with Juventus – and his international reputation seems to have taken a slight hit in the process.
On Sunday, a report from ABC stated that Ronaldo had told close associates that he regretted leaving Real Madrid amid incredible success while still in his prime. After winning countless individual and team honors with Los Blancos between 2009 and 2018, his decision to up and leave shook the footballing world to its core.
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And, it seems that it still has some lasting affects not only on Cristiano Ronaldo, but Real Madrid and Juve as well. Ronaldo reportedly said that he could have won the last two editions of the Balon d’Or had he decided to stay in manager Zinedine Zidane’s system with teammates he had grown so accustomed to winning with.
Instead, CR7 has fallen out of the race for the coveted golden ball awarded to the best player in the world every winter having not attended the event since he left the Spanish capital. To make matters worse, Ronaldo watched as former teammate Luka Modric won the award in 2018 and his arch-rival, Lionel Messi, took home the trophy for a record sixth time just over a week ago.
When the news broke that Cristiano was leaving The Royal Whites, I thought it was all a joke. How could a player who has broken countless records at the biggest club in the world leave while still playing world-class football?
Well, it looks like CR7 is starting to see things the same way and even though he will still win awards and trophies with Juventus, it is abundantly clear that he made the wrong decision leaving.
Let’s hope he doesn’t regret this decision too much when he retires and takes time to reflect on his illustrious career.