July 10, 2018, otherwise known as the day the news broke worldwide that Cristiano Ronaldo was leaving Real Madrid to play for the Italian Giant, Juventus.
I have not written anything in over a year, so take this piece as my comeback, now we can go into the stats of how Cristiano Ronaldo has sealed his mark as one of the greatest to ever play for Los Blancos but if you’re an avid follower of fútbol you probably already know that. Whether you like him or not, he is to be respected. Cristiano arrived at Real Madrid nine years ago, towards the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure as coach of Los Blancos. The following year, Madrid would be led by Jose Mourinho. If you’re a Madridista or a football fan you know what happened next.
Being a Cristiano Ronaldo fan, I have always thought he was one of the best to ever grace us with his football skills with that said, one may question, if at Madrid Cristiano had everything, solid teammates, his family is settled there and a nice chunk of money plus anything else he gets from endorsements why leave to a completely different league?
Truth is, sometimes you have to make changes that will benefit you, not only in your career but also as a whole.
Cristiano gave Madrid a wonderful 9 years, breaking records, setting new records, winning championships and making everyone fall in love with Real Madrid yet again. It made Madridistas dream again, especially after winning La Decima. It was all pure bliss and success.
Cristiano leaves Madrid as a champion, on a high.
But with a lot of success, there is also a lot of negativity and there were multiple articles and rumors alleging Cristiano wasn’t happy with the leadership at Real Madrid, that he did not feel like people trusted him. Especially not the club president, and at one point his own coach as well. Not to mention, some of the fans also seemed to question his abilities.
We must acknowledge that regardless if you like Ronaldo or not you will miss him in La Liga, especially during El Clásico since it will not be the same. Since the beginning of Ronaldo’s time in Madrid, he was always being compared to Lionel Messi and no matter who you favor we cannot argue that they each made each other better and changed football for the better.
Fans and teammates among others expressed gratitude and best wishes to CR7, after being successful in the Portuguese League (Primeira Liga), in the Premier League and La Liga it will be interesting to see how successful Cristiano will be in Serie A during the next season.
Needless to say, Cristiano leaves an empty spot in Madrid, and it will be intriguing to see who “replaces” him, some potential names that have been tossed around are Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Eden Hazard. No matter what happens, witnessing great football was a blessing and we should be thankful for the great memories we can now pass along.