A painful separation for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid

10 Aug 2020

Sometimes breakups look bad for both parties from the very first minute, and that’s something that can be said for Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid‘s 2018 split.

Both have gone on to achieve success without one another, but they’ve both struggled to do anything in the Champions League since they parted ways.

Cristiano has found a new home in Turin, where he landed in search of new trophies and challenges.

Since arriving he’s won Serie A twice and a Supercoppa Italiana, but he hasn’t managed to get his hands on the Coppa Italia yet, nor has he thrived in Europe with Juventus.

Last season, Juve fell short in the quarter-finals of both the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, while this season they lost their domestic cup final on penalties and didn’t even make it to the last eight in Europe.

Real Madrid haven’t fared much better, though. Los Blancos have fallen at the last-16 stage in the last two Champions Leagues at the hands of Ajax in 2018/19 and Manchester City this season.

They hadn’t had such a bad run in the Champions League since 2004/05 and 2005/06, whereas Cristiano hadn’t gone two years without reaching at least the semi-finals in a decade.

It’s clear that both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo are struggling without each other, and it’s hard to see what the solution is.

France Football have reported that the Portuguese has considered joining Paris Saint-Germain, but it remains to be seen if they would allow him to rediscover success on a European level.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are left looking for their great goalscorer.

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