Cristiano Ronaldo is doing what he does best in Italy. Scoring goals. He has already bagged 19 Serie A goals this season, firing Juventus to a remarkable 18 points lead at the top of the Serie A table. Ronaldo is certainly going to win the league title, but he faces a battle for the Golden Boot with Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella who has hit 20 and the rising star, AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, who is on 19.
In terms of the Champions League, Ronaldo must pull off one of his spectacular individual performances if Juventus are going to make it through against Atletico Madrid, as they currently trail 2-0 after a fast-paced action-packed first leg. You would not put it past the Portuguese superstar to score and hat-trick and fire his side onto the next round but against the defensively minded Diego Simeone, with Diego Godin marshalling the back line, it will be no easy feat.
One side that is already out of that competition is, of course, his former side Real Madrid. Their shocking home defeat by Ajax saw the defending champions dumped out and pretty much signalled the end of Santiago Solari’s brief spell in charge of Los Blancos. Former boss Zinedine Zidane has now swooped back in as Florentino Perez’s saviour and the footballing world are now expecting a ginormous spending spree in summer, where Real Madrid could target players such as Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Christian Eriksen.
But what about the return of their best ever player? Cristiano Ronaldo should switch Turin for Madrid once more and return to his spiritual home, the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo is already Madrid’s best ever goalscorer and one of their best ever players that is for sure. But just imagine the scene for a minute, Ronaldo leading this new team of superstars to Champions League glory and battling with Lionel Messi once again in La Liga.
Ronaldo, like it or not, is not challenging himself in Serie A. He plays for the best team in the division by a country mile, a team that have won the league for the last seven consecutive seasons. The Champions League is his competition and he must produce against Atletico Madrid, or face an early exit from the competition.
He must be tempted by the prospect of a Real Madrid return, under the manager who got the best out of him in big games, Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman will spend big this summer and although it could be argued it would be a poor decision to spend a large chunk of that money on a 34-year-old, Ronaldo would be worth it.
From a personal point of view, Ronaldo’s legacy will be iconic either way. However, a Real Madrid return alongside the likes of Hazard and Eriksen, could lead Madrid to Champions League success, and put him down as the greatest player of all time.