Ronaldo Set to be Unveiled on Monday, but He Wanted Napoli Move


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Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, wanted to move to Napoli but settled for Juventus when he decided to leave Real Madrid, reports the Mail on Sunday.

The Portuguese international was wooed by the Parteponei flair and vibrant attacking play under Maurizio Sarri over the recent seasons. Former Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti took over the reins at the Stadio San Paulo following the departure of the combustible Sarri this summer.

The Mail claims reports in Italy state Napoli were his first choice, but the move was blocked by flamboyant president Aurelio de Laurentiis. He refused to sanction a bid for Ronaldo despite knowing the commercial sales would recoup the money within a short space of time.

De Laurentiis baulked at paying a total of €350m for fees and wages, on one player. To do so, he reasoned, would bankrupt the club.

Napoli are currently Juventus’ closest rivals having pushed them harder for the Serie A title last season than any other team previously.

Ronaldo will be unveiled to the Juventus faithful on Monday with a press conference at the Allianz Stadium. He will then fly to the USA where he will join the Juve squad for their pre-season tour of the USA.