There is one person who dared say that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t improved Serie A that much since he arrived in Italian football.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Serie A has been the single most significant achievement in recent Italian football history. The numbers are starting to back that claim by just looking at them, results are far greater than before. To those who don’t remember, Italian football was in real shambles since the 2006 match-fixing scandal that broke out.
Back then, Juventus was relegated to Serie B and stripped of the league title that season. The economic impact it had on many great clubs lasted for more than a decade. When the news about Cristiano Ronaldo coming to Juventus broke, the stock market in Italy went crazy.
This wasn’t only a brilliant decision from the performance aspect. It was also a masterful move from the marketing side of things. Juventus obviously would make a massive investment but it paid off in Serie A’s benefit. Once we have that clear, we can talk about this article’s title.
Javier Tebas sounds bitter about Ronaldo.
Yes! The man who thinks Serie A hasn’t improved much since Ronaldo’s arrival is La Liga’s president, Javier Tebas. We can’t say we are surprised by his statement because he obviously misses Cristiano Ronaldo’s publicity pull. But saying Italian football hasn’t improved on every single aspect imaginable is just not true.
In a statement picked up by Football Italia, Tebas said the following about Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos possibly leaving La Liga: “Obviously, I don’t want them to leave La Liga, but if that were to happen, we’d all have to give more to take up the slack,” said the Liga chief.
“Cristiano Ronaldo left, as some haters reminded me on Twitter. I can assure you that nothing has changed for us. To be honest, I don’t think Serie A has improved much either, they barely noticed his arrival. Neymar went to PSG, but Ligue 1 is still only Ligue 1. The La Liga brand and the big clubs that take part are above any individual player, no matter how talented.”