Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo to take Juventus to "higher level"


Former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been officially introduced to the Juventus fans on Monday after his move worth nearly 100 million pounds. The 33-year-old Portugal international said that players his age usually move to China or Qatar in order to earn some more money before retiring, but he still has the desire to play at the highest level and to win trophies. "To come to this club at this stage of my career, I am very happy," Ronaldo said at his presentation in Turin, adding that he did not receive any other offers this summer.

Ronaldo has scored an impressive 450 goals for Real Madrid and won the Champions League four times during his nine years at the club as he joined them from Manchester United in 2009. He won the Ballon d'Or five times while at Real Madrid and also managed to lead the Portuguese national team to the European title in 2016. "I want to win," Ronaldo added. "I want to be the best. Who knows, maybe I will be awarded the Ballon d'Or again but things will happen naturally. It was difficult to win it in Manchester and Real Madrid, but maybe here? We will see."

Juventus are by far the biggest club in Italy, they have won the Serie A no less than 34 times and have been dominating the domestic scene during the past decade. However, they have not managed to win the Champions League since 1996 and have lost five finals since then. "I hope I can help Juventus win it," Ronaldo said about the Champions League. "I hope I can be the lucky star of this club but we will see what happens. Juventus gave me a wonderful opportunity. I'm so grateful. They gave value to my football style so it's a step forward as I see it. Juventus can have many successes. They have won domestic cups and titles and reached Champions League finals. I am so proud they were interested in me. I hope I can take Juventus to an even higher level."

Juventus are 7/1 at Bet365 to win the Champions League next season and they are 2/5 to win yet another Serie A title next term.

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