Former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman has admitted that he is astounded that Juventus have moved to bring Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin.
Ronaldo has been dominating the headlines in recent days with reports suggesting that he is on the verge of sealing a £88 million move to the Serie A Champions, with his wages expected to be around the £500,000-a-week mark.
McManaman played for Real between 1999 and 2003, winning two Champions League titles, and the 46-year-old is finding it hard to believe that Juventus are about to agree to such a huge financial outlay for a player that is now 33-years-old.
While the former Liverpool and England star was also heavily critical of how Ronaldo announced his intention to leave the Bernabeu in the aftermath of Los Blancos recent Champions League victory over Liverpool in Kiev.
“They [Real Madrid] might be sick and tired of what Cristiano’s said,” McManaman told ESPN.
“To come out and say what he did right after the Champions League final is uncalled for isn’t it?
“It’s the wrong point. It’s as if you don’t care about your team and you shouldn’t say things like that.
“I’m astounded that Juventus can even contemplate on doing a deal like this and paying the money that he wants because [Gianluigi] Buffon’s just retired, [Giorgio] Chiellini’s in his late 30s, [Andrea] Barzagli’s in his late 30s – they need to rebuild their team.
“Sami Khedira had a really disappointing World Cup, there’s talk of [Gonzalo] Higuain leaving, talk of Alex Sandro leaving.
“If they do leave, they need a hell of a lot of money to rebuild their squad so that they can be Serie A champions.
“Throw Cristiano in the mix, the wages he gets and the baggage he has, it’s going to be interesting watching Juventus next year.”
“He is well loved in Madrid. He’s absolutely adored.
“He’s just won a third Champions League in a row for the team.
“As much as he was sort of a bit-part player for the first time in a final – he’s won five Champions Leagues – to declare that you’re not loved is complete bonkers.”