Juventus Backed for Champions League Glory after Ronaldo News

Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:06 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 5, 2018 5:06 PM UTC

The odds on Juventus winning the Champions League have plummeted after they agreed a deal to sign superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

<p>Juventus reportedly has snapped up World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo in a $117 million deal that has sent shock waves through the world of soccer. The Portuguese superstar has inspired Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles and has monopolized the Ballon d’Or award of late. But he clearly feels the need for a new challenge, and Real Madrid could not turn down what amounts to an obscene amount of money for a 33-year-old who could be past his prime. They are sure to go after Neymar or Kylian Mbappe now, but this upheaval at the Bernebeu could derail their Champions League title defense.</p><p>Zinedine Zidane has already left the manager role, Gareth Bale is rumored to be on his way out, and the likes of Luke Modric and Karim Benzema are approaching the twilight of their careers. This all-conquering Real Madrid side could be dismantled, and that is understandable after they finished XX points behind Barcelona in the league last season. But this instability has damaged their chances of winning a fourth straight Champions League title and the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/soccer/?leagueId=world-cup" title="Soccer Odds">odds have shifted accordingly</a>.</p><p>Real Madrid is now as long as +700 with sportsbooks such as <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4531&amp;book= William Hill" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">William Hill</a> to be crowned kings of Europe in 2018-19, leaving them behind Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the betting. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a> responded to the news by slashing the odds on Juventus winning the Champions League to +800, and other books swiftly followed suit. But can one player make that much difference?</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Cristiano Roaldo has informed Real Madrid that he's willing to join Juventus. [Sky]&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Cristiano Ronaldo has already decided to join Juventus, [Romeo Agresti] &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/X1Z3icUPS7\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/X1Z3icUPS7&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ForzaJuve2017/status/1014910820218802176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 5, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>In many ways, it is a shrewd move for Ronaldo. He knows that change is afoot at Real Madrid and that he may be pushed down the pecking order if Neymar arrives. He has one big move left in him, and he could have chosen between several options. It seems sensible to opt against returning to the Premiership, which is a physically demanding league played at a ferocious pace. No team in Germany could have afforded him, while PSG is hamstrung by financial fair-play regulations, so Juventus’ bold move presented him with an intriguing option. Serie A is a slow-paced league, and Ronaldo could thrive there for a few more years.</p><p>He has the instinctivity, movement and intelligence to plunder all manner of goals in Italy. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has already transformed his game, turning from a rapid wideman into an out-and-out striker, and he could drive this Juventus side to new heights. He may be 33, but he is by no means past it, as he showed by firing in a hat trick against Spain in the 2018 World Cup. He has frequently tormented Juventus in the Champions League, and put them to a sword with a breath-taking bicycle kick this year.</p><p>The previous season, he made the difference as Real Madrid beat Juventus in the final. Signing him might be a sensible move if only to stop him from scoring against them. But he has the wow factor and the image to repay his transfer fee and wages in shirt sales, so it is not as much of a gamble as it initially sounds. He is in peak physical condition, and he could give Juventus that added thrust that finally carries them to the Champions League title.</p><p>They are already solid at the back, and it will be fascinating to see Ronaldo team up with the likes of Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic.</p><p>Punters are fascinated by the news, and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">a flurry of bets has already gone on Juventus winning the Champions League</a>. Others might be tempted by Real Madrid at longer odds of +700. They are sure to invest heavily in their squad and bring in some Galacticos this summer under new manager Julen Lopetegui, while the likes of Modric, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos will still provide an outrageously strong spine. Either way, this news has shaken the market dramatically and you can expect the odds to change drastically in the days and weeks ahead, offering plenty of opportunities for people to hedge their bets.</p>
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