It has been a difficult season for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Although he registered 36 goals in 44 matches for Juventus, this was tarnished by his side’s defeat to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League and the fact that they only managed to qualify for Europe’s top club competition on Matchday 38.
As a result, he will be looking for pastures new this summer, although this deal will be made complicated by his high salary demands and Juventus‘ asking price.
However, the European Championship presents him with an opportunity to show how valuable he still is at the top level of European football.
In fact, the friendly against Spain in Madrid on Friday night presents him with a clear chance to demonstrate his capabilities to his former employers, Real Madrid.
Although the Portuguese forward would be interested in a return to the Spanish capital, he does not fit the profile Real Madrid are seeking, of a young star to build the side around.
Another potential destination is Paris Saint-Germain, as Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes enjoys a good relationship with sporting direct Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
However, until Kylian Mbappe makes a decision on his future, a move for Cristiano Ronaldo is off the table.
Instead, Cristiano Ronaldo will use the friendly against Spain and the European Championship to show why he is still an extraordinary asset for any team, despite being 36 years old.
Whilst he is in unfamiliar territory, he thrives off being doubted and what better stage to start on his new journey than at the Wanda Metropolitano?