Speculation has surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Juventus after the Serie A team was knocked out of the Champions League by Porto; Juve chief executive Fabio Paratici says the club will “hold on” with the Portugal star among ties with a return to Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo represents the future of Juventus, according to the CEO of the club Fabio Paratici, who has denied the hypothesis that the striker may leave the club.
Doubts have been expressed about Ronaldo’s future at the Serie A club after Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by Porto in the round of 16.
The 36-year-old is under contract at Allianz Stadium until 2022, but has been linked to a return to the former Real Madrid club.
During a press conference last week, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane described Ronaldo as “magnificent” but was reluctant to be drawn to rumors that he could return to the club where he won three Champions League titles during the first period. in charge of the French.
Paratici told Sky Italia: “It makes me smile. I never imagined that Ronaldo could be questioned. In my career I never thought I’d have to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo, whether his transfer was positive or negative …
“I grew up in a small town in the Lower Po Valley called Borgonovo Val Tidone and I heard people making these kinds of comments outside the church or in bars, about Gigi Rivera, Mazzola, Roberto Baggio, Michel Platini. I never thought I’d have a day to discuss these kinds of issues now at this level.
“This makes me smile. We are talking about a player who in 2020 scored 41 goals in 38 matches with Juventus.
“Currently – not five years ago – he is the top scorer in Serie A. Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Ors, I don’t know how many Champions League titles.
“It is a privilege to have him here, and we will hold him tight. We are very happy to have him here ”.
When asked if Ronaldo represents the future of Juventus, Paratici added: “For sure”.
Ronaldo, who has scored 30 goals in 33 games in all competitions so far this period, scored a perfect hat-trick in 32 minutes as Juventus recovered from last week’s Champions League exit by beating Cagliari 3-1.
Andrea Pirlo’s team is third in Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Inter.