CRISTIANO RONALDO stunned the world when he swapped Madrid for Turin in the summer and now Juventus legend Pavel Nedved has revealed the reason why the club signed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Nedved, who is Juventus’ vice-president believes the Serie A champions signed Ronaldo to help make the club’s dream of winning the Champions League a reality.
“When we heard about the release clause, we knew that we had to try to sign him,” he said.
Nedved revealed that the process of bringing the Portuguese international to the club started when their sporting director Fabio Paratici came up with the idea.
“Everything started in the head of our sporting director [Paratici],” Nedved said.
“We will try to win the Champions League, that’s our goal”
Pavel Nedved – Juventus vice-president
“We were at home when he proposed the idea to myself and president [Andrea] Agnelli.
“We really liked the idea, we were excited and knew we were doing the right thing.”
Juventus are dominant in the Italian league, having won the Serie A for the last seven seasons, however, European success has come to easily as they last won the Champions League in 1996.
Since that victory Juve have been runners-up five times, with the last defeat being in the final of 2017.
On a cloudy night in Cardiff Juventus lost 4-1 to Real Madrid, with Ronaldo taking the Man of Match award after the scoring two goals for Los Blancos.
Nedved believes the £105m spent to bring Ronaldo to Italy will be worth it and he is hopeful the 33-year-old will be able to take Juventus to the next level.
“This was a necessary signing to go one step further after winning seven successive Scudetti [Serie A title],” he said.
“We will try to win the Champions League, that’s our goal.”
Despite the hype surrounding the arrival of Ronaldo, he has yet to score in three Serie A games for Juventus.
Former Real Madrid team-mate Raul Albiol has warned Ronaldo that goals in Italy will not come as easily for him as in La Liga.
Albiol, who now plays for Napoli, said the Italian league is more defensive than the striker is used to in Spain.
“It’s true that in Italy, football is more tactical and defensive,” he told AS.
“It’s very physical as well, so you have to know how to play.
“Cristiano’s a great player with tremendous quality, but in Italy it’ll be harder for him to score 40 goals.
“Also, I hope he doesn’t because it would be good for Juventus but bad for Napoli.”
Albiol also offered some hope to Juventus fans as he explained a slow start to the season is nothing new for Ronaldo.
“He also started slowly with Madrid last season,” Albiol said.
“He didn’t score goals at the start of the campaign, yet he finished up again with some mind-boggling numbers.
“If Cristiano has spent his entire career scoring bags of goals every season, it’s not by chance.”
Ronaldo will get another opportunity to score his first goal for Juventus on Sunday when they play Sassuolo at home.