Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that the standing ovation from the Juventus faithfuls, after he scored an overhead kick against them last year in the Champions League played a role in his decision to join the Turin side.
The former Madrid star scored a stunning goal in the first leg of the quarterfinal clash against Juve last season. The goal was so exquisite, he was applauded by the home fans.
Those fans wouldn’t have known it at the time, but their ovation would be a major factor when Ronaldo decided to move from Madrid to Juventus in the off-season.
“The small details make the big difference at the end of the day so … I would say what I saw in the stadium helped [the transfer],” Ronaldo said on his unveiling as DAZN’s first Global Ambassador.
“Not 100 per cent of course but some parts make you think.
The 33-year-old said his strike, which has been nominated for the UEFA Goal of the Season prize, produced a reaction from away fans that he had never seen before.
“[It] was in my opinion one of the best goals of my career so far,” Ronaldo said.
“And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘wow’.
“[It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so [it] was [an] unbelievable moment.”