CR7’s Premier League Return?

Did we really think Cristiano Ronaldo was going to let Lionel Messi steal all the transfer headlines this summer?

The Portuguese superstar appears to be on the verge of a move from Juventus to Manchester City that would send shockwaves through European soccer.

It’s not a done deal, given his current club’s demands for any transfer, but the 36-year-old has wanted out of Turin, and the Italian giants reportedly want him off their payroll.

  • Juventus is requiring a transfer fee of around $33 million, per ESPN.
  • There is “cautious optimism” they can reach an agreement with the Premier League champs.
  • Ronaldo spent six seasons in the Premier League with city rivals Manchester United from 2003-09, where he won three straight league titles and a Champions League.

In 2009, he transferred to Real Madrid for a then-record $100 million, and his 2018 move to Juventus was the largest transfer by an Italian club ($131.5M), and largest for a player over 30.

This summer, Man City have already added Jack Grealish — and seriously pursued Harry Kane — as they chase their elusive first Champions League title. Perhaps Ronaldo, a five-time winner, will get them there.

And just in case we needed more inevitable comparisons with Messi: Ronaldo’s new coach will be Pep Guardiola, who led the Argentine legend’s world-conquering Barcelona squads from 2008-12 — and just announced that he will leave Man City in 2023.