Why Serie A club were ordered to pay nearly €10 million: Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus lawsuit explained

Why Serie A club were ordered to pay nearly €10 million: Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus lawsuit explained

The Issue: Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus clashed in a legal battle over €9.77 million stemming from deferred wages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Background:

  • Deferral Agreement: In 2020, Juventus players, including Ronaldo, agreed to defer four months' salary to help the club navigate financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.
  • Repayment Plan: Three of those deferred months were to be repaid over following seasons.

The Dispute:

  • Juventus' Argument: Upon Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United in 2021, they claimed he signed an agreement releasing them from any further financial obligations.
  • Ronaldo's Argument: His lawyers contested the notion that the transfer agreement nullified the pre-existing wage deferral pact.

The Verdict:

  • Ruling Favors Ronaldo: An arbitration panel in Milan ruled in Ronaldo's favor, citing Juventus' "pre-contractual liability" and "contributory negligence."
  • Juventus Ordered to Pay: The club was ordered to pay Ronaldo the deferred sum (€9.77 million) plus interest.
  • Juventus Appealing: As of May 23, 2024, Juventus is reportedly challenging the decision.

Additional Points:

Precedence: This isn't the first such case for Juventus. Paulo Dybala previously sued and won €3.7 million related to deferred wages.
Ronaldo's Time at Juventus: He signed in 2018, scoring 101 goals in 134 games but couldn't deliver the Champions League title the club craved. He did win two Serie A titles and other domestic trophies.

When did Cristiano Ronaldo sign for Juventus?

Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid on July 10, 2018, in a transfer worth €112 million. He signed a four-year contract.

It was a record deal for a player over the age of 30 and the most expensive signing ever made by an Italian club.

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus goals, trophies, record

Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 games for Juventus in all competitions from the beginning of 2018/19 until his move back to United in 2022.

The forward's personal output in terms of goals was predictably impressive — he was twice named Serie A Footballer of the Year and won the Italian league's top-scorer prize in 2020/21 — but he could not deliver the level of team success that had been hoped for when he signed.

Juve won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppa Italian trophies, and the Coppa Italia while Ronaldo was at the club, but they were unable win the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1996.

Cristiano Ronaldo net worth, salary at Al Nassr

According to Forbes, as of 2023, Ronaldo's net worth was $136 million.

As one of global football's most famous names, Ronaldo earns significant sums from commercial agreements with the likes of Nike, while his CR7 brand of clothing, lifestyle goods and hotels and gyms further bolsters his income.

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