Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has proclaimed that the Italian champions will win the Champions League within two years.
Despite winning the Serie A eight years in a row, Juventus have failed to win the Champions League since 1996. However, Ronaldo thinks that will soon change.
Juventus and the Champions League: Five things to know…
- Juve last won the Champions League in 1996, beating Ajax on penalties.
- Since then, they have been runners-up five times.
- In 2015, they lost 3-1 to Barcelona and the La Liga side’s famous ‘MSN’ attack.
- Ronaldo inspired former side Real Madrid to a 4-1 victory over the Old Lady in Cardiff in 2017.
- Ajax exacted their revenge on Juventus last season, triumphing on aggregate in the quarter-finals: new signing Mattijs de Ligt scoring the winner for the Amsterdam outfit.
Speaking to Marca, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said: “After winning what I won at Madrid I needed a change and new motivation. I still have the strength to keep winning.
“Juventus will win the Champions League. I don’t know if it’ll be this year or the next, but it’s coming.”
Ronaldo was a pivotal part of the Real Madrid side that won four Champions League titles in five seasons. In their first season without the Portuguese since 2008/09, Madrid crashed out in dramatic fashion following a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Ajax at the Bernabeu.
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Juventus mean business
If Juventus’ dealings in the transfer market show anything, it’s that they want that European trophy.
The signings of free agents Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey were followed by the stunning purchase of teenager De Ligt from Ajax, the man who knocked them out of last year’s competition.
De Ligt was arguably the most sought after player on the planet this summer and the fact that Sarri and Co. were able to secure his signature represents a massive coup for the club.
The reported departure of Moise Kean to Everton indicates that their business may not be done yet, with Romelu Lukaku heavily linked with a move to Italy.