Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo could reunite with Zinedine Zidane at Juventus, according to journalist James Horncastle who believes the Serie A champions are looking at “moving to a more Galactico model”.
Ronaldo joined Juventus in summer transfer window from La Liga giants Real Madrid for a stunning UK Pound 100 million.
Juventus’ current manager Massimiliano Allegri is reportedly on the Real Madrid’s radar again after publicly revealing he turned down an offer to replace Zidane, who guided Bernabeu to three Champions League title, at the end of last season.
If Allegri moves to Madrid that would leave Zidane free to hold the reins of Juventus. And as per Horncastle, it would be a perfect fit.
“It was very interesting in the summer that Allegri went public with the news that Florentino Perez had called him to see if he would be interested in taking over from Zinedine Zidane,” Horncastle told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.
Horncastle further said, “Massimiliano Allegri is someone who I think listens to the peers that he has around him, Carlo Ancelotti famously said: ‘you can maybe say no to Real Madrid once, but saying no to them twice is not an option, because that train does not come through the station everyday.’”
“But speaking to people at Juventus and looking at the reshuffle that they’ve had at the top of the club, Fabio Paratici, the sporting director, has said that they believe that Allegri is the best man for that job and I think one of the reasons for that is over the last four, five years it’s not only reaching the Champions League final twice, doing the double for years in a row, it is the fact that he’s been able to manage the turnover of players which is very difficult to do,” Horncastle explained.
“But if you are looking at Juventus moving to a more Galactico model, as they start to close the gap of the richest teams in Europe after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, then Zinedine Zidane, with his past, with his history at Juventus, would in some respects be a decent fit.”