Italian media hail Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival as coup of the century

Jul 12, 2018, 09:16 IST | AFP

The front page of Italy's sport daily Gazzetta Dello Sport has Ronaldo exclaiming, "I'm coming!" after what it calls "the coup of the century".

Italian media hail Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival as coup of the century
The front pages of Italian newspapers highlighting the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus from Real Madrid. Pics/AFP

Italian media was bubbling with enthusiasm yesterday after Serie A club Juventus announced the 100 million-euro deal of the century and wrestled Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The country's number one daily the Corriere della Sera led the cries of joy at Ronaldo's arrival by acclaiming a dream come true, while La Repubblica hailed a 117 million-euro dream, referring to the huge investment Juventus will make in their signing.

La Repubblica breaks down the cost of the deal to Juventus as 100 million euros going to Real Madrid, a five million-euro solidarity contribution paid to FIFA and 12 million  incidental costs. The Corriere della Sera believes that the latter sum is the commission being paid to those who facilitated the transfer — principally Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes.

The front page of Italy's sport daily Gazzetta Dello Sport has Ronaldo exclaiming, "I'm coming!" after what it calls "the coup of the century". Rome-based paper Il Messaggero acclaimed club president Andrea Agnelli for pulling of the deal of the century.

"A spark has been lit, let us rejoice," said Corriere Della Sera columnist and Juventus fan Pierluigi Battista. "And to think that we saw him as unpleasant, CR7 ... with his arrogant attitude, statuesque posing and perfectly defined muscles," continued Battista.

"But he was applauded by the whole stadium for a scissor kick of absolute beauty that he inflicted on Juventus [in the first leg of the quarter-final of last season's Champions League]. We understood that this beauty could and should be ours."

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