No, Real Madrid aren’t going to get a Cristiano Ronaldo discount

Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images) /

There is a sort of euphoric dreaming among Madridistas that has emerged around the legendary name of Cristiano Ronaldo. All the fond memories of his triumphs with Real Madrid are flooding back, as the door seems to be open for a summer 2021 move.

Maybe he is dreaming of a return, too. Maybe not every sequel is a failure. And maybe Juventus will be foolish enough to let one of the world’s biggest superstars and their best player leave simply due to the struggles of the rest of their rebuilding squad.

So much of what we are hearing is pure fiction. But the most bizarre stories are the ones about Juve’s willingness to part ways with Ronaldo.

Tuttosport wrote that, in a hypothetical situation, Juventus would have to sell Ronaldo for at least 29 million euros in order to avoid a capital loss. The actual meaning is that if Juve sell him for any less, they will lose money.

Real Madrid fans must separate facts from fiction with Cristiano Ronaldo

But what did the headlines read? “Juventus put 29 million euro asking price on Ronaldo!!!”

Literally too good to be true. The definition of fiction.

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Because in order for Real Madrid to justify the signing of a 36-year-old player during a pandemic and with their own questions of a future goal-scorer, Ronaldo would have to come cheap.

He makes 31 million euros per year at Juve, and that is AFTER we account for a tax exemption in Serie A that allows players moving to Italy, like Ronaldo, to make more money than they would anywhere else. So if Ronaldo wanted to make the same overall money in Madrid, he would need to receive higher wages.

Money is not everything for Ronaldo. Winning is important, too. And a blockbuster move to Madrid with more Champions League success could offset any salary loss he’d have to take.

At the same time, this point remains important, because Ronaldo would already be taking a “paycut” to move to Madrid from Turin. So why would he give them an extra paycut on top of that? They’d still have to pay him over 30 million euros. Isn’t that wage budget better spent on Kylian Mbappe?

Ronaldo has one year left on his deal with Juventus. The Bianconeri could sell CR7 to clear out wage space and make a little bit of money, but they could actually save more money by selling a host of overpriced, declining veterans like Aaron Ramsey and Alex Sandro. And they can actually build an even better team for 2021-2022 WITH Ronaldo, who probably wants to give it one more shot to succeed with this project and perform the near-unthinkable feat of winning a Champions League with three different clubs.

Juve could sell Ronaldo, but for how much? 30 million? 50 million? That might be stretching it. What would Juve rather have, a net profit of 30 million from a Ronaldo sale or one year of Ronaldo? A year of CR7 probably brings in more money than that and, with a legit squad around the player, could bring in more money via increased Champions League success.

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All of this tells me that Real Madrid have very little chance of signing Ronaldo unless they want to make a significant financial investment to both convince him and Juventus. And do you really want to make a significant investment in a 36-year-old over a player under the age of 23 like Mbappe or Erling Haaland? I don’t think Real should. They aren’t getting any friendly discounts with Ronaldo. It’s too bad some fans, high on nostalgia, don’t quite understand this reality.